Giving a temporary relief to both sellers and junk food consumers, the Supreme Court has extended the stay on the Himachal Pradesh high court's decision of banning plastic packed food items by six weeks.
Supreme Court on Monday had sought a reply from the state pollution control board and the state government in the issue.
Earlier, the state government had sought extra time to file its reply. The Supreme Court has stayed the Himachal Pradesh high court decision of banning plastic packed food items, except essential items as milk and edible oil till February 13.
Shimla Beopar Mandal president Inderjeet Singh said, "Ban is in force only in Himachal Pradesh and the Supreme Court will do the justice with the traders of the state."
The state government had issued a notification to ban plastic packed food items from April 1, 2013. The government also sought three months' time till July 2, 2013, to implement the order.
Sanyukt Beopar Mandal and Indian Biscuit Manufacturers Association had moved Himachal Pradesh high court and it extended the banning period till September 3, 2013.
On December 26, 2013, the court vacated its earlier stay and asked the government to go ahead with its notification to ban plastic-packed eatables, exempting drinking water, edible oil and milk from the ban. The court also asked the state government to ensure blanket ban on these items before March 31, 2014.