New Delhi: Congressman and former environment minister Jairam Ramesh has voiced his opposition to the government’s plan to ban single-use plastic, saying the real problem centred around their disposal and recycling. In a tweet posted by him this morning, he said, “As Env Min I resisted blanket ban on use of single-use plastics. Plastics industry employs lakhs & the real problem is how we dispose & recycle waste. The ban will only grab headlines, home & abroad, and mask the Modi regime's true environmental record."
The government plans to ban use of single-use plastic products like straws, drink stirrers, buds, cups, certain kind of polythene bags, wrappers, etc. Speaking at the 4th session of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification at Greater Noida near Delhi on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said, “My government has announced that India will put an end to single use plastic in the coming years. I believe the time has come for even the world to say good-bye to single use plastic."
The government is yet to set a deadline for the ban.
Worldover, there is a concerted effort to weed out use of plastic from daily lives as they have been found to be amongst the biggest polluters of land and water bodies owing to their indiscriminate use. The U.K. government has laid out its plans to ban single-use plastic from April next year.
Some experts have also echoed Ramesh’s concerns over the impact any ban could have on the large number of people employed at units making these plastic products.