Islamabad: A high-level review meeting on the implementation of polythene bag regulations 2019 was held here on Thursday at the Ministry of Climate Change, which provided an update on the status of efforts to rid the capital of the use of polythene bags.
Chaired by co-chief secretary Syed Mujtaba Hussain of the ministry, the meeting brought together senior officials from the Ministry of Climate Change, Pak-EPA Islamabad, Capital Development Authority and representatives from industry sectors.
Meeting participants agreed that the use of polythene bags is a serious nuisance that poses serious risks to public health and the environment and pledged to work hand in hand to eliminate its manufacture, sale, its purchase and use at all levels. The meeting emphasized that the availability of alternative bags in adequacy and at affordable prices, constant public awareness as well as raising awareness through print, electronic and social media are of paramount importance to eliminate the use of bags. made of polyethylene in addition to penalizing/finding the elements involved in the manufacture, sale, purchase and use of bags harmful to the environment.
Business representatives suggested various measures at the meeting to get rid of polythene bags which are harmful to the environment and have long become a major cause of urban solid waste and blockage of the urban drainage system which ultimately leads overflowing gutters. and urban flooding during the rainy season.
Joint Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Climate Change, Syed Mujtaba Hussain, who leads the implementation of the campaign against polythene bags, stressed the importance of the role of business in liberating society from polythene bags. polyethylene.
He noted that the Covid-19 virus which began to hit the country at the start of 2019 has led to a continuous slowdown in socio-economic activities, a period which has unfortunately seen the return of the use of devastating polythene bags for food. environment with plastic bag ban enforcement efforts. put into temporary hibernation. But now law enforcement activities are being stepped up to discourage the use of polythene bags in Islamabad and adjacent areas, the joint chief secretary said.
“Without the active involvement of the business community in the government’s war on polythene bags and their active support, efforts to eradicate the use of polythene bags in our society, which harm the environment and public health in many ways cannot succeed,” the ministry official said. said while chairing the meeting.
Syed Mujtaba Hussain further asserted that if efforts were again intensified for stricter enforcement of the ban on the use, sale and manufacture of polythene bags in the capital and surrounding areas, it would be guaranteed that no one would be spared and fined for violating the ban. He added that the ban enforcement teams as well as Islamabad administration officials are already visiting markets, shops, malls, other public places and manufacturing sites from time to time. of the capital for tough action and monitoring of the implementation of the ban on polythene bags. Commending the role of the enforcement teams, the Joint Principal Secretary added that without their tireless efforts, enforcement of the ban would not have been possible.
“It is heartening to see law enforcement teams enforcing the law in all its forms and manifestations,” senior ministry official Syed Mujtaba Hussain said, urging people to cooperate with law enforcement teams. application and to ensure that neighborhoods and businesses are free from the danger of polyethylene. bags that harmed both the environment and the health of humans and animals.