Puducherry to ban single-use plastic from March 1

• Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said on Sunday said that the cabinet has decided to ban production, sale and use of single-use plastic products in the Union Territory from March.

• He said a massive drive would also be launched to create awareness among the merchants and the public on the necessity of the ban.

• “We want to gift a plastic-free Puducherry to the future generation and curb the plastic in the larger interest of the environment,” he told newsmen after the cabinet meeting.

Key highlights told by the minister

• The neighbouring Tamil Nadu government had in June 2018 announced that it would ban the use of plastic items including non-biodegradable carry bags from January 1, 2019, to “gift a plastic-free state to future generations”.

• Narayanasamy also said the staff in the government-owned Pondicherry Industrial Promotion Development and Investment Corporation Limited (PIPDIC) and Distillery and Power Corporations would be extended the benefit of the report of the Seventh Pay Commission as these three organisations were functioning profitably.

• He said one per cent quota of reservation would also be provided to the members of the ‘Irular, Villi and Vettaikaran’ communities under the Scheduled Tribes Category in education and employment opportunities.

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