In a bid to become a plastic-free Puducherry, the government of the union territory has decided to impose a ban on production, sale and use of single-use plastic products from 1 March.
Puducherry’s Chief Minister, V Narayanasamy said that a massive awareness drive would also be launched to inform and educate the merchants and public on the necessity of the ban.
We want to gift a plastic-free Puducherry to the future generation and curb the plastic in the larger interest of the environment.
– Chief Minister V Narayanasamy
Dharna For A Plastic-Free Puducherry
Earlier, a nominated Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator had staged a ‘dharna’ on 31 December, urging for an immediate ban on the production, sale and use of plastic products in the Union Territory on the lines of the neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
In June 2018, the Tamil Nadu government had announced that it would do away with the use of plastic items including non-biodegradable carry bags from 1 January, 2019.
This would be done to “gift a plastic-free state to future generations”.
Other Cabinet Decisions
In a cabinet meeting, Narayanasamy also said that the union territory has decided to introduce ‘voluntary retirement scheme’ for the workers and staff of the three mills in next six months.
This will be done in a phased manner in the century-old Anglo-French Textiles (AFT) mill, Bharathi mill and Swadeshi mill.
The Bharathi and Swadeshi mills are operated by Puducherry Textile Corporation.
Apart from this, the ownership of the liquor business of the Puducherry Agro Service and Industries Corporation Limited, popularly known as PASIC and the Civil Supplies Corporation (PAPSCO) would be transferred to private corporations through auctioning licenses.
The CM also stated that the staff in the government-owned Pondicherry Industrial Promotion Development and Investment Corporation Limited (PIPDIC) and Distillery and Power Corporations would be granted the advantage of the report of the Seventh Pay Commission.
A quota of 1% would be reserved for the members of the ‘Irular, Villi and Vettaikaran’ communities under the Scheduled Tribes Category in education and employment opportunities.