Sameer Ahmad

Anantnag still not a disposable free 

Anantnag still not a disposable free 
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Officials say action delayed due to elections

Officials say action delayed due to elections

Anantnag : Government ordered ban of use of disposable articles in the state is yet to take place in district Anantnag and the administration is in deep slumber on it.
According to sources the administration, the ban was implemented half heartedly as distributors and shopkeepers continue to sell these kinds of disposable articles in the district.
Experts emphasise that communication about the ban is extremely important, something which the government has moved slowly on.
“All retailers associations need to be given a clear document of what the ban specifies – what is banned and what is exempted. Currently there is confusion about materials such as non-woven as retailers seem to think it is a cloth fabric,” said a shopkeeper, who wished anonymity .
“One can feel the change, but the ban is, however, not completely effective due to many loose ends, as authorities themselves are not enforcing it with the vigour they showed initially. Second, policy-makers have failed to provide sustainable alternatives and raise community awareness,” said a local resident, Fayaz Ahmad .
District officer pollution control board Anantnag, Firdous Ahmad told GMK that they have implemented the order in district Anantnag and have already taken action against the shopkeepers and distributors who sell these kinds of disposable articles.
“Due to parliamentary elections the action had delayed in district and after elections we will continue this process to ban the disposable articles in district,” Firdous said.
Government had banned all disposable articles including plastic tableware like plates, bowls, cups, knives and forks.

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