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Nalbari bans polythene bags
Correspondent
 NALBARI, Feb 12 – The Nalbari district administration has imposed a ban on the use of polythene bags and plastic carry bags in the district from Tuesday considering the adverse effect of such items on the environment.

The district administration on Tuesday also took out an awareness rally from the Deputy Commissioner’s office to the Nalbari Natya Mandir here to spread the message of the negative impact of polythene and plastic bags on the environment. Hundreds of students from different schools of the town took part in the rally. They shouted slogans against the use of plastic bags and other such items.

The rally later converged at the Natya Mandir premises where an awareness meeting was held. The meeting, conducted by Tridip Nandan Bora, was addressed by Dr Om Prakash, Deputy Commissioner, Nalbari, Mridul Das and KK Barman of the State Pollution Control Board, Ratnakar Baruah, Chairman of the Nalbari Municipal Board, Bibhas Modi, Additional Deputy Commissioner and others. Those who attended the awareness meeting also took oaths restraining themselves from the use of plastic bags.

It may be mentioned here that with the imposition of the ban, no person, including shopkeepers, vendors, wholesalers, retailers, traders, hawkers, etc., shall sell or store or use any kind of plastic carry bags for storing or dispensing of any eatable or non-eatable goods or materials. Besides no person shall manufacture, import, store, sell or transport any kind of plastic carry bags in the district. On the other hand, no person shall use any kind of plastic cover or plastic sheet or plastic film or plastic tube to pack or cover any book, magazine, invitation card or greeting card.

However, the carry bags under the Bio-medical Waste Rules 1998 and the containers used for packing food material, milk and the raising plants in the nurseries are exempted from the purview of the ban.

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