Mumbai: Last year in June, the Maharashtra government imposed a ban on a variety of plastic products, including single-use disposable items, and started penalising all those found using them. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his Independence Day speech this year urged everybody to ban single-use plastic items from their premises for sustainable living and waste management.

A civic official in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad city charged the new municipal commissioner Rs 5,000 fine because his welcome bouquet had plastic wrapping.

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As per reports, Indian Administrative Service officer Astik Kumar Pandey took charge as Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) commissioner and head of the civic body’s urban development department chief, Ramchandra Mahajan, was one of the many colleagues who came to him best.

“However, the flower bouquet that Mahajan gave the commissioner had plastic wrapping at the base. Pandey asked his officials from the Solid Waste Management department to recover a fine of Rs 5,000 from Mahajan on the spot,” said an official.

Even though Astik Kumar Pandey was unavailable for comments despite repeated attempts, the fine receipt was widely circulated on social media.

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The chemical structure of most plastics renders them resistant to many natural processes of degradation and as a result, they are slow to degrade. Together, these two factors have led to a high prominence of plastic pollution in the environment.

Inadvertent over-consumption of single-use plastic carries with it a very high cost to the environment, which in turn also negatively affects our health. Jute or hessian bags, cotton bags and reusable paper bags are one of the best alternatives for plastic bags. The Indian Feed urges all of you to put a stop towards using plastic and use your power to make a gradual change in your community.

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