Bringing legislation by Government of J&K to make use of polythene in the state a cognizable offence is a laudable step in protecting environment. Replying to a question of MLC Charanjeet Singh in Legislative Council, Minister of Law Justice Abdul Haq said that Government of J&K will soon come with a legislation to make use of polythene bags in the state a cognizable office.
He also added that under ‘My Village, My World’ campaign, Rural Development Department has also launched a campaign against use of polythene bags, giving powers to Block Development official to impose fine on people for using it. Pertinently, to protect the environment and public health, several state and local bodies have called for complete ban on the use of plastic in the state in view of its negative impacts on the people health as well as environment.
Plastic bags are very popular with retailers and consumers because they are light weight, cheap and strong, not to forget the harmful effect. Polythene bags are one of the biggest threat to environment and its rampant use is causing harmful effect on aquatic and terrestrial animals. They are non-biodegradable and take as long as 1,000 years to fully break down. If not disposed-off properly, they may find their way into the drainage system, resulting into choking of drains.
According to a survey done by an agency, India’s consumption of plastic is one of the highest in the world and above all, colored plastic bags contain certain chemicals, which can leach to the ground and contaminate soil. The people throw their wastage including large quantity of plastic bags in dustbins which is further carried by Municipal authorities and dumped mostly in bank of river or nullah, causing threat to water pollution also.