Lal Singh pledges to implement polythene ban in letter and spirit

June 28, 2016 STATE 312 Views
Lal Singh pledges to implement polythene ban in letter and spirit

Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Chaudhary Lal Singh today said that Government has pledged to ban use of polythene bags at all tourist places including pilgrimage tourism places.
The Minister in this regard commenced his anti-polythene drive from world famous Pahalgam tourist resort. H said the officials should ensure that implement of polythene ban is in letter and spirit.
“We have declared Pahalgam as polythene free zone,” Mr Singh informed the huge gathering of school children, villagers and officials of the Forest and its other allied departments during a plantation drive function in Army Goodwill School in south Kashmir’s Pahalgam area.
“Anybody found with polythene will have to pay fine and Government will deal very strictly with such offenders now. We can’t let our environment get devastated for these things now,” Singh said. “Use of polythene may force you into treble,” Singh told the traders.
The Minster supervised the anti-polythene drive in Pahalgam and visited all the all markets to take assessment of the available stock of polythene. The officials of Forest Protection Force along with some of the Minister and some senior officers destroyed the stocks of the polythene. The Minister on the occasion interacted with the traders and directed them to destroy their polythene stocks within this week after which, strict action would be initiated against the offenders.
The Minister also urged the Amarnath yatris and other tourists to refrain from using polythene bags to eco-sensitive valley.
The Minister on his day-long tour to the picturesque Pahalgam valley ensured the people that this environmentally-hazardous material wouldn’t b allowed to enter the state through Lakhanpur.
“I even pledged and assured on the floor of the House that the use of polythene will be completely banned at all tourist places and government will ensure that no polythene enters the state through Lakhanpur,” Singh said. He said that Jammu and Kashmir is a tourist state with fragile environment and there was a greater need to work for the restoration of the eco-friendly environment.
“We shouldn’t seek ban on polythene, in-fact we go beyond that and make sure that ban is imposed at all levels,” he said. “I am personally monitoring it. Today we have started anti-polythene drive in Pahalgam and people shouldn’t witness polythene in this place and if it still happens the DFO and other officials of the concerned area will have to pay the price,” he said.
The Minister said government is concerned over the ill-effects of polythene usage in the state and various steps have already been taken to address the issue.
“Police and Forest Protection Force in hilly resorts will be given powers to check and take action to control polythene menace,” he said.
The Minister appealed to people to start from their homes the mission to make Jammu and Kashmir a polythene-free state and adopt biodegradable options as a counter to polythene. The Minister also called for complete segregation of garbage and their proper disposal.

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