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Madhya Pradesh bans plastic bags citing cow deaths

LiveMint logoLiveMint 11-04-2017 PTI

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to ban plastic/polythene carry bags across the state from 1 May saying that its consumption results in large number of cow deaths.

“The state cabinet, chaired by the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has accorded nod to the proposal of imposing the ban on plastic/polythene bags across the state from 1 May,” state public relations department minister Narottam Mishra told reporters in Bhopal after the meeting.

“The cows eat polythene/plastic bags, which leads to their death. Banning of polythene use will protect their lives. Besides, the plastic/polythene bags are also harmful for the environment,” he said.

When asked that how this ban would be implemented, Mishra said other modalities of this ban are yet to be chalked out.

However, this ban would not be meant for bucket and other plastic materials. It is restricted to plastic carry bags only, he clarified.

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