I was really happy, by hearing the decision of Government in Hyderabad, India. They finally got awareness towards the usage of plastic bags. But they are allowing the production and sale of plastic carry bags of upto 40 microns. Upto some extent it is acceptable. Still they need to think over it. It is one of the major issue where Environment gets effected.

The Government authorities, announced that severe penalties would be imposed on the manufacturing units if they are found to be violating the rule and producing bags of less than 40 microns.

“The first offense would invite a penalty of Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 50,000, while any subsequent violation would mean that the unit’s license would be cancelled and the unit sealed.

The penalties would not be limited to the manufacturers alone.

Traders packing their wares in plastic bags of less than 40 microns would be also liable for punishment.

“A first offense would invite penalties of Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 5,000. Any other violation would mean the shop’s trade license being cancelled under the Labour Act,” .

Besides this, citizens using such carry bags would also invite penalties, ranging from Rs. 250 to Rs. 500.

The awareness drive for the prevention of plastic carry bag usage was conducted through cinema slides, hoardings and bulk sms, among other media.

Meetings were also conducted with various trade associations, plastic manufacturers associations, NGOs, hoteliers, residents, welfare associations and self-help groups to create awareness and seek cooperation.

This will surely help our Mother EARTH.

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