Updated 15 Jul 2022, 5:42 am
The Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council (SHADC) has committed to keeping a strict vigil on the ban on single-use plastic in Kangpokpi district following the countrywide ban from July 1, 2022.
The SHADC Kangpokpi said it has made a concerted effort for effective implementation of the policy, adhering to the District Administration notification following the enforcement of ‘Manipur Plastic Policy, 2022’.
For effective district-wide implementation of ‘Manipur Plastic Policy, 2022’, SHADC organized a one-day friendly awareness programme with license holders shopkeepers of Kangpokpi district headquarters.
The programme was attended by Zuringla Kengoo, Deputy Commissioner Kangpokpi, James Doujapao Haokip, Chief Executive Officer, SHADC Kangpokpi, and Limminthang Haokip, Executive Officer (Town), SHADC Kangpokpi.
Addressing the gathering, Zuringla, strongly stressed the ill-effects of single-use plastic, saying the convenience of using single-use plastic has become immensely hazardous to health, society, environment, and the future. She advised the shopkeepers to ask their customers to bring their own carry bags made of non-plastic and never provide them with plastic anymore.
SHADC Kangpokpi CEO James Doujapao Haokip said the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of Single-use Plastic polystyrene and expanded polystyrene commodities items is banned under Section 12.9 of Manipur Plastic Policy, 2022.
There will be a shop-to-shop drive to check the stocking, distribution, sale, and use of single-use plastic polystyrene and expanded polystyrene commodities items under the relevant Act, he said.
"We feel public participation is important for ensuring the success of the Government’s ambitious plan in eliminating single-use plastic in the district and for that matter this friendly awareness program has been organized to make aware and educate the shopkeepers on the Government’s policy," he said.
He continued that any licence holder shopkeeper/business establishment found violating, selling, and using the Single-use plastic in contravention of the direction of the ‘Manipur Plastic Policy, 2022’ shall be liable for punishment under Section 15 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
He said that the punishment includes imprisonment for a term which may extend to 5 (five) years with a fine which may extend to Rs. 1 Lakh or with both and in case of failure or contravention continues, the additional fine may extend to Rs.5,000 for every day during which such failures or contravention continues after conviction for the first failure.
Secondly, in case of failure or contravention referred to in Sub-section (I) of Section 15 continues beyond a period of 1 (one) year after the date of conviction, the offender shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, he added.
The CEO, SHADC Kangpokpi also said that the carry bag made of virgin or recycled plastic shall not be less than 75 microns in thickness with effect from September 30, 2021, and 120 microns in thickness with effect from December 31, 2022. He also said that a shop-to-shop drive within Kangpokpi town will be held anytime in the presence of all concerned authorities’ representatives including police after this friendly awareness programme.
The Executive Officer (Town), SHADC Kangpokpi Limminthang Haokip distributed the order in connection with the ban on the use of Single-use Plastic to all the licence holders’ shopkeepers after the awareness programme.
First published:15 Jul 2022, 5:17 am
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IFP Correspondent, KANGPOKPI