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Wrong info brings plastic bags back to shops

Source: Hindustan Times, New Delhi, Date: March , 2009

A covert campaign spreading misinformation has brought banned plastic bags back to the shops in several parts of the city. Local retailers appeared to be under the impression that the Delhi High Court has put a stay on the ban till March 19, which is the date of the plastic baghearing of an appeal against the ban by the plastic industry. Shopkeepers said suppliers of plastic bags told them that since manufacturers have challenged the ban, the court has put a stay on the order, which is not true .“There is no stay on the ban at all. The court has merely asked for a reply from the government. But plastic suppliers are spreading wrong information and setting up innocent shopkeepers for punishment. I am writing to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee,” said Vinod Jain, petitioner in the court case that brought about the ban. “People could not keep off plastic bags because of the sheer usefulness. Sensing the demand, people are supplying them to the shops. The government cannot stop it,” said Ravi Aggarwal, head of All India Plastic Industries Association.

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