CM asks officials to be tough on plastic ban, seeks public cooperation

Going ahead with the State government’s decision to crack down on the usage of the banned single-use disposable plastic, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has instructed various departments to take strong legal action against violators.

At a review meeting at the secretariat with the ministers and heads of various departments on the action taken against violations, Palaniswami has requested the state people to extend support to the plastic ban being enforced by the government from January 1 onwards.

The general public should make use of alternative products to plastic and help the state government in its efforts to eradicate plastic, he said.

The meeting also discussed the imposition of fines on violators and cancellation of licences of commercial establishments that repeatedly violate the law, an official release said.

Since the last few days, the enforcing officials raided hotels, restaurants, idly batter shops, provision stores and other commercial establishments and seized single use plastics that have been banned. They also warned of stringent action if they used the banned items.

Following this, several budget hotels and even mess in residential areas discontinued the use of silver pouches to parcel the food and they started using banana leaf and paper. As a result regular customers have been forced to bring their own cloth bags and even tiffin boxes to take home the side dishes like sambar, chutney, etc.

The Chief Minister appealed to the public to cooperate with the State government in its efforts to protect the environment from the ill-effects of plastic under the ‘plastic-free Tamil Nadu’ initiative.