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PTI Last Updated at 09 Aug 2018, 18:08 IST India

The Odisha government today

said it wouuld reward people who returned OMFED plastic

containers and empty packets after use from Octiober this


The government would issue a public notice by the end

of August in this regard, it said.

The government has been following a directive issued

by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to ban use of plastic and

polythene containers in the state from October 2.

"People will be paid on returning the OMFED (Orissa

State Cooperative Milk Producers Federationn) packets and

plastic bottles," Forest & Environment Additional Chief

Secretary S C Mohapatra told reporters after Chief Secretary A

P Padhi discussed the matter at a high-level meeting here


The meeting also discussed the rules to be framed for

plastic ban in Odisha. The plastic packets and bottles

will be collected through agents, it said.

The state government will give 15 days time to the

people for their opinion in this regard while a law to this

effect would be enacted by September 15, Mohapatra said.

He said the chief secretary has directed the

department concerned to implement the ban order within two

weeks after the enactment of the law.

Mohapatra said that as plastic has posed a serious

threat to the environment, the use of plastic bag and

polythene will be banned in Puri and all municipal

corporations in the first phase and it will come into force in

the remaining civic bodies over the next two years.

Urban and Housing Development as well as Panchayati

Raj departments have been directed to ensure strict

implementation of the ban in the urban and rural areas

respectively, Mohapatra said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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