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8 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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5pc duty on plastic bag, polythene production

STAFF REPORTER

Green activists have criticised the finance minister’s proposal to legalise polythene by imposing a 5 per cent supplementary duty on the production of all kinds of polythene and plastic bags. Finance minister AMA Muhith yesterday presented the national budget for FY2018-19 at Jatiya Sangsad and proposed to impose a the supplementary duty on the production of polythene and plastic bags to encourage the use of jute bags.

“In order to encourage the use of jute bags and to protect our environment, I would like to propose to impose a 5 per cent supplementary duty on the production of all kinds of polythene and plastic bags,” he said in his budget speech. “Polythene is a banned item. How can the finance minister impose a supplementary duty on production of all types of polythene bags? It's legalising polythene via a different strategy,” Abdus Sobhan, former additional director general of the Department of Environment, told The Independent yesterday.

The government should firmly apply the existing law against polythene bag producers instead of imposing a supplementary duty, he said in reply to a query.

Sobhan also said the government had imposed a ban on non-biodegradable materials like plastic and polythene bags in 2002 to save the environment as well as to prevent the blocking of city drains and sewers.

Abu Naser Khan, chairman of Poribesh Bachao Andolan

(POBA), said the government had enacted the Mandatory Jute Packaging Act-2010 on January 1, 2014, which makes it mandatory to jute bags instead of plastic ones.

“The finance minister has proposed to impose a 5 per cent supplementary duty on plastic and polythene bags for export-oriented products. But the monitoring system should be strengthened to prevent unscrupulous people from reaping benefits,” he added.

He also demanded the imposition of more duty on plastic and polythene bags. He suggested the use of alternative materials to pack export items.

“We’re fighting against polythene. The government is supposed to take a strong stand in this regard. There is no scope to produce polythene and plastic bags in the country as the government had earlier banned them. So, now is the time to see the implementation of the government’s commitment in this regard,” the POBA chairman said in reply to a query.

However, poly-bags are in common use in everyday shopping. People use them to carry vegetables, meat and fish from the kitchen markets. One notable improvement in the past was the forceful implementation of paper packaging at shopping malls.

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