Madhya Pradesh to ban polythene carry bags from May 1

Madhya Pradesh government today decided to ban plastic/polythene carry bags across the state from May 1 saying that its consumption results in large number of cow deaths.”The state cabinet, chaired by the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has accorded nod to the proposal of imposing the ban on plastic/polythene bags across the state from May 1,” State Public Relations Department Minister Narottam Mishra told reporters here after the meeting.

“The cows eat polythene/plastic bags, which leads to their death. Banning of polythene use will protect their lives. Besides, the plastic/polythene bags are also harmful for the environment,” he said. When asked that how this ban would be implemented, Mishra said other modalities of this ban are yet to be chalked out.However, this ban would not be meant for bucket and other plastic materials. It is restricted to plastic carry bags only, he clarified.

Regarding the implementation of the ban, Mishra said that the government has to chalk out of a plan, adding that the government is imposing the ban on plastic carry bags only and not other plastic related materials.Plastic or polythene carry bags will be banned in Madhya Pradesh from May 1. As the consumption of plastic bags causes a large number of cow deaths, the government chaired by the Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has approved the proposal of imposing the ban from May 1, said  Public Relations Department Minister Narottam Mishra.

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