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Plastic bag makers in Maharashtra seek seven-year moratorium

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Following the ban imposed on manufactruing and use of in the state, the Bag Manufacturers Association of India (PBMAI) today urged the government to provide a seven-year moratorium period to exit the industry.

The association claimed the ban will put its members' investments in jeopardy and make nearly 3 lakh people jobless.

The on March 23 had banned the manufacture, use, storage, distribution, sale, import and of all kinds of items. The ban covers a wide range of items made of plastic and thermocol, including, bags, dishes, cups, glasses, bowls, forks, spoon, straw, containers, small PET bottles and decoration items.

"We have urged the to provide a seven-year moratorium before we exit the industry. The Rs 15,000-crore has nearly 2,500 manufacturers, who have made an investment ranging from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 50 crore each and obtained loans from private as well as public sector banks to set up units in the state," PBMAI told reporters here.

He said the ban on plastic has derailed the production, and supply schedules of grains, bakery and clothing industries.

"Many units are on the verge of closure in the absence of basic material - plastic - and we fear that nearly 300,000 people employed may become jobless. We have urged the government to come out with a solution to save the industry," he said.

Punamiya also informed that the association members met and petitioned the for environment, Ramdas Kadam, and sought waiver on material till alternatives are identified and made available.

Meanwhile, another association Plastic Manufacturers Association has urged Chief Minister to treat and all including fruits and vegetables at par with milk and extend the repository (50 paisa per bag) scheme on them.

"Failure to act immediately will cause untold misery to all. This may not yield commensurate gains to the environment as envisioned by the plastic ban notification," its said.

In alone over 680,000 readymade garments pieces for exports are stuck on account of non-availability of transparent plastic bags for packing, according to the

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 20:30 IST