Plastic bags had vigorously become threaten for the society to halt this mounting choke hazard different quality measures are taken. Considering this, the federal cabinet approved the SRO to ban plastic bags in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam stated that “The federal capital would celebrate its freedom from polythene bags on August 14.”
Addressing the cabinet briefing Amin Aslam underscored that the ban on plastic bags has been practiced earlier in 1994, 1995, 2001 and 2013 but could not help to achieve the set targets due to pause in the legislation.
While stating the salient features of the SRO approved, he said the ban would be enforced in ICT and would enable to impose a fine of Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lac on the manufacturers of plastic bags, the traders of polythene or plastic bags would be fined Rs 10,000 to Rs 50 lac and people found using it would have to pay a fine of Rs 5000.
Keeping in line the consideration, the ministry of climate change offering alternates for plastic bags which were cotton bags and recyclable, reusable polypropylene plastic bag. The ministry has made 100,000 such bags which will be distributed free across the ICT.
To make it a success the ministry would launch an awareness campaign for two weeks across ICT to build the nation free from plastic bags.