Alternatives to Single Use Plastic: Delhi Government to urge Center to reduce GST rates on raw materials. Delhi News – Times of India

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai chaired a round table conference during the ‘Plastic Vikalp Mela’ to encourage and promote alternatives to single-use plastic items, in New Delhi. (PTI photo)

New Delhi: Environment Minister Gopal Rai Said on Sunday that the Delhi government would request the Center to Reduce GST on raw materials for the production of alternatives single use plastic items,
The minister, who chaired a round table meeting with stakeholders to discuss SUP options, said there is a lot of confusion among the public and even some government agencies about the items covered under the ban.
“We will conduct a training session for our enforcement teams so that there is no confusion while implementing the ban,” he added.
Rai said the government would also issue a helpline number to register complaints if action is taken against the use of banned products.
After some stakeholders drew the minister’s attention to higher GST rates on raw materials for green alternatives, Rai said the city government would write to the Center on the issue.
He said the Delhi government would request the Center to reduce the GST rates on raw materials for manufacturing alternatives to single-use plastics.
Rai also said that people feel that ban on SUP items means ban on plastic carry bags and hence there is an urgent need to create awareness among the public.
The Delhi government is also working on a website which will have all the information related to banned SUP items, their substitutes and sources of raw material for manufacturing the substitutes.
Rai had said on Friday that the city government would issue warning notices to units violating the ban on 19 SUP items by July 10 and thereafter penal action would be taken against the violators again.
The action will include fine up to one lakh rupees or imprisonment up to five years or both under the Environment Protection Act, 1986, he had said.
However, the government will give top priority to creating awareness against the use of SUP items and providing people with their alternatives, the minister had said.

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