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.)