A Spokesman of the State government said here today that the government was committed to maintain the salubrious and pristine environment of the State. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on the World Environment Day had announced to impose blanket ban on use of plastic/thermocol cutlery in the State. This step was necessary but it has been observed that despite complete ban on polythene bags and plastic items like thermocol cups, plates, glasses and spoons were still in use and therefore desired results have not been achieved.
Now, vide its notification, the State government has reiterated that no person including shopkeepers, vendors, wholesalers, retailers, hawkers, Rehriwala etc. will use thermocol cutlery i.e. cups, plates, glasses, spoons or any other item for serving and consuming food in any form manufactured from non-biodegradable material as listed in Schedule under Himachal Pradesh Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 1995.
The Spokesman said that any person, institution, commercial establishment (educational institution, offices, hotels, shops, restaurants, sweetshops, dhabas, religious institutions, industrial establishments, banquet halls etc.) causing breach of the aforesaid prohibition shall be liable for the penalties. This would not only help in environment conservation, but also promote eco-tourism in the State.
He further said that ban on the thermocol cutleries will be made effective after three months of the date of publication of notification in the Rajpatra (e-Gazette, Himachal Pradesh) in the entire State in the public interest so that the manufacturers, stockiest, shopkeepers can dispose off their stocks and no financial loss is caused to them.