NEW DELHI: Paving the way for their elimination, the government is likely to include in “single use plastic”, items like use and throw cutlery. Sources said the government is also considering to specify the revised norm for manufacturing and sale of plastic and polythene packaging items, which should have thickness of at least 60 microns.
Sources said the environment and forest ministry informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the inter-ministerial consultation process for this has been completed and the draft will be out soon. Modi had reviewed progress on elimination of single use plastic at PRAGATI meeting last week.
India had, on the occasion of World Environment Day in 2018, pledged to eliminate single-use plastics by 2022 — coinciding with 75 years of independence. Modi had said this could be achieved through people’s participation through awareness and behavioural change.