Total Ban on all single-use plastic in Kohima

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Penalty to be imposed on single-use plastic

The Kohima District Task Force (DTF) for implementation of “Total Ban on all single-use plastic in Kohima” has fixed penalty for defaulters not complying with the Government’s Order in both the rural and urban areas of the district.

This was decided during its meeting held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Kohima Shanavas C IAS at DC’s Conference Hall Kohima on 11th July 2022. The meeting decided to penalize the business establishments/defaulters who were found selling/using the banned identified Single-Use Plastic items with Rs. 1,000/- for the first offense, Rs. 5,000/- for the second offense, and Rs. 10,000/- with the cancellation of license for the third offense.

The meeting further decided to have a sitting with Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) and NGOs in due course of time. It was also decided to disseminate the required information on various medium of platforms to create awareness of the banned plastic items. Furthermore, the DTF also noted to take up the issue of plastic disposal with some working waste management systems.

While noting the views and opinions shared by the members, DC stated that collective efforts and assistance from all concerned NGOs, Churches, and other stakeholders will be required for the successful implementation of the exercise.

The “Total Ban on all Single-Use Plastics in Nagaland” with identified single-use plastic items was imposed by the State Government to eradicate the menace of plastic and the serious environmental and ecological challenges posed by the rampant use of plastics.

The meeting was attended by government officials, NGOs, Churches, and other stakeholders.