Govt seeking amendments to make anti-plastic bag law stringent

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 22:01

New Delhi: To make the anti-plastic bag law
more stringent, Delhi Government is seeking amendments such as
a spot-penalty for defaulters in the relevant Bill which
would be introduced for passage in the forthcoming Assembly
session.

The government is in the final stage of giving more teeth
to the officials by drafting the amendments in this regard in
the Delhi Plastic Bag (Manufacture, Sales and Usage) and
Garbage (Control) Act, 2000. This Bill would be introduced in
the Assembly session slated from March 15.

The Bill will seek insertion of a provision to allow the
concerned officials to take an immediate decision by
penalising the violators on the spot as is being done in the
anti-smoking law.

At present, the power to challan the defaulter found
distributing or using plastic bags lies only with the Delhi
Environment Secretary and Chairman of the Delhi Pollution
Control Committee.

"This often results in a long legal battle as the case
has to be decided by the court. On-spot penalty would ensure
speedy decisions as well as effective implementation of the
drive against hazardous plastic bags," an environment
department official said.

Since the notification of the Act early last year, the
government has filed only 164 challans against violators,
mainly mall-owners and shopkeepers while three cases have
reached their logical end in the court.

The Act envisages imprisonment of up to five years
and/or a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh against the violators.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 22:01

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