The Bareilly Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Uttar Pradesh has come up with a new idea to discourage the use of polybags by the locals by introducing reward system.
Although, the state banned the sale, purchase and use of polybags and other plastic bags with effect from January 21, in several raids been conducted fortnightly, plastic bags are found very well in use.
On June 30, approximately 10 kilograms of plastic was confiscated from shopkeepers and local vendors.
When the authorities asked shopkeepers about the sale and purchase of plastic bags, they told that it is not in their control as customers ask for plastic bags even if they are carrying jute or cloth bags with them.
So, to establish control over such issues, the government has planned to reward localities by providing them with citation on Independence Day if their area is declared plastic free.
The responsibility has been given to the BMC, however, the team would comprise of police personnel, officers from pollution control board and other law enforcing agencies.
Nevertheless, the BMC does not have the resources to provide shopkeepers and vendors with jute bags which were implemented as a pilot project in certain cities to check usage of plastic, they are planning to engage several NGOs and self-help groups (SHGs) to help us in this regard.