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Puducherry govt to ban single-use plastic products from March 1: CM

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

V Narayanasamy said here on Sunday said that the cabinet has decided to ban production, sale and use of single-use in the Union Territory from March 1.

He said a massive drive would also be launched to create awareness among the merchants and the public on the necessity of the ban.

"We want to gift a plastic free to the future generation and curb the plastic in the larger interest of environment," he told newsmen after the cabinet meeting.

The neighbouring government had in June 2018 announced that it would ban the use of plastic items including non-biodegradable carry bags from January 1, 2019 to "gift a plastic-free state to future generations".

A nominated BJP MLA caused a flutter on the Assembly premises here on December 31 by resorting to sudden dharna urging the government to ban immediately production, sale and use of in the Union Territory on the lines of neighbouring

Narayanasamy also said the cabinet has decided to introduce 'voluntary retirement scheme' for the workers and staff of the the century old Anglo French Textiles (AFT) mill and two other textile mills, named Bharathi and (run by Textile corporation) in a phased manner in the next six months.

The liquor business of the and Industries Corporation Limited, popularly known as PASIC and the (PAPSCO) would be handed shortly to private players by auctioning licenses, the CM said.

Narayanasamy also said the staff in the government owned and (PIPDIC) and and Power Corporations would be extended the benefit of the report of the Seventh Pay Commission as these three organisations were functioning profitably.

He said one per cent quota of reservation would also be provided to the members of the 'Irular, Villi and Vettaikaran' communities under the Scheduled Tribes Category in education and employment opportunities.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 20:40 IST