Nagaland bans

DIMAPUR, Apr 25 : The Government of Nagaland has imposed a “ban on single-use plastics in Nagaland” to fight the menace of plastic and the serious environmental and ecological challenges posed by rampant use of plastics, reports NNN.
"The ban on single-use plastics shall be made effective from the date of publication of this notification in the official gazette in the entire state of Nagaland," an official notification said today.
"In partial modification to the department's notification NO.UDD/7-GEN/07/2018 dated 29.11.2018 and 17.06.2019 and in pursuance to “Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules 2021 notified by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, government of India notification NO.GSR NO.571 (E) on 12.08.2021 in the Gazette of India prohibiting identified Single-Use Plastic items, which have low utility and high littering potential, by 2022,” the Government of Nagaland has imposed a “Ban on Single-Use Plastics in Nagaland” with a view to eradicate the menace of plastic and the serious environmental and ecological challenges posed by rampant use of plastics,” the official notification also said.
The manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of carry bags made of virgin or recycled plastic shall not be less than 75 (seventy-five) microns in thickness w.e.f. September 30, 2021 and 120 (one hundred and twenty) microns in thickness w.e.f.  December 31, 2022. Further, a non-woven plastic carry bag shall not be less than 60 Gram Per Square Meter (GSM) w.e.f. September 30, 2022, said the report.
The manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of following single-use plastic, including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene, commodities shall be prohibited w.e.f. July 1, 2022. Those materials are earbuds with plastic sticks, plastic sticks for balloons, plastic flags, candy sticks, ice-cream sticks, polystyrene (Thermocol) for decoration; and plates, cups, glasses, cutlery such as forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrapping or packaging films around sweet boxes, invitation cards, and cigarette packets, plastic or poly-vinyl chloride (PVC) banners less than 100 micron, stirrers.
All other clauses mandated in the “Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016” and “Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2021” should be strictly adhered to, the official report also said.
According to the official report, all Individual, institution, and commercial establishments (educational institutions, offices, hotels, shops, restaurants, religious institutions/faith-based institutions, industrial establishments, banquet halts, etc.) and Central and State Government departments/ agencies/commissions/PSUs/Missions, etc. including militaries/paramilitaries in the State shall abide by the aforesaid ban and any breach shall be liable for penalties.
The district administration and sub-divisional administration/Urban Local Bodies (ULB) shall decide and levy penalties against the defaulters in their jurisdiction.
A District Task Force already constituted in the respective district shall strictly monitor and function as squads for vigilance purposes and ensure the imposing of the ban on stocking, distribution, selling, and use of all single-use plastics below the permissible specification (microns and GSM) and stipulated timelines, the notification added.