Monday, March 11, 2019

Banning use of plastic material for campaigning? NGT directs EC and Govt to hold a meeting to decide on Eco-friendly move

Medical conferences will have implications

Advocate Ira Gupta

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Election Commission, the Centre and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to convene a meeting to consider whether to ban the use of campaigning material made of plastic during elections.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the Election Commission, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and CPCB to convene a meeting at the earliest, preferably within one week.

The tribunal passed the directions on a petition seeking a direction to the MoEF&CC and the states to prohibit the use of short-life PVC (polyvinyl chloride), synthetic plastic polymer and chlorinated plastic which includes banners, hoarding, etc for promotion and advertising during the poll campaign.

The petition claimed that campaigning material made of plastic are used during election and later discarded as waste, which was detrimental to the environment.

The above has implications on medical conferences.


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