In bid to encourage people, Lok Sabha Speaker asks all MPs to shun single-use plastic

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 22, 2019, 12.38 PM (IST)

Lok Sabha speaker, OM Birla on Friday all MPs to take a pledge against single-use plastic as he said that "if the MPs of India take this resolution then the message will be spread among 130 crore people of our country."

Speaking in the lower house of the Parliament, OM Birla said, "This House represents 130 crore people and I think the entire House will agree with the fact that single-use plastic should be stopped. If the MPs of India take this resolution then the message will be spread among 130 crore people of our country."

Extending his support to the idea, environment minister Prakash Javadekar lauded the proposal. 

The latest appeal by Lok Sabha Speaker comes a day after, Kerala Government decided to ban the manufacturing, sale and storage of single-use plastic products from January 1, 2020.

As per the decision, plastic manufacturers, wholesalers and small sellers who violate the law can be fined Rs 10,000 for the first time and Rs 25,000 for violating the law again.

Concerns are growing worldwide about plastic pollution, with a particular focus on the oceans, where nearly 50 per cent of single-use plastic products end up, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, studies show.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech had called on countrymen to shun single-use plastic such as cups, straws, plastic bags.

A pan India ban was also proposed but the plans have been delayed for next year after considering its impact on industries who are heavily dependent on single-use plastic.

The European Union plans to ban single-use plastic items such as straws, forks, knives and cotton buds by 2021.

China's commercial hub of Shanghai is gradually reining in use of single-use plastics in catering, and its island province of Hainan has already vowed to completely eliminate single-use plastic by 2025.

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Concerns are growing worldwide about plastic pollution, with a particular focus on the oceans, where nearly 50 per cent of single-use plastic products end up, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, studies show.