Puducherry government has decided to ban the production, sale, and use of single-use plastic products in the Union Territory from March 1, 2019. The announcement was made by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on January 13, 2019, after a cabinet meeting.
The Chief Minister said that the government wants to gift a plastic-free Puducherry to the future generation and curb the plastic in the larger interest of the environment. He said a massive drive would also be launched to create awareness among the merchants and the public on the necessity of the ban.
The move comes after a nominated BJP MLA caused a flutter on the Assembly premises on December 31 by resorting to sudden dharna urging the Puducherry government to ban immediately – the production, sale, and use of plastic products in the Union Territory on the lines of neighboring Tamil Nadu.
The neighboring Tamil Nadu government had in June 2018 announced that it would ban the use of plastic items including non-biodegradable carry bags from January 1, 2019, to “gift a plastic-free state to future generations”.