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Blanket ban on use of polythene bags is no solution to tackle pollution

Is blanket ban enough to prevent pollution?
Source: The Tribune, Date: , 2008

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Blanket ban on the use of polythene bags is no solution, rather such bans are a complete failure. This was stated by Hemant Goswami, chairperson, Burning Brain Society, during a seminar organized by the Panchkula chapter of the Indian Media Centre (IMC) in association with Panchkula Chamber of Commerce and Industries at Red Bishop in Sector 1, Panchkula, on Nov 25, 2008. The topic of the seminar was ‘Policies related to ban on smoking and polythene bags in some pockets of the region’. “The use of polythene bags should be banned in the hilly as well as coastal areas where the time period to recollect them for disposal is veryless,” he said. The seminar was aimed at creating public and media sensitization on the issue.

Senior journalist Gobind Thukral said that pollution has played havoc globally. While temperature was rising, animals, birds as well as plants were diminishing gradually due to its adverse impact on the climate, he said. “Media should not work in isolation rather it should
involve the society with it in crusade on the social issues,” he said.