Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Monday imposed a blanket ban in the state on the use of polythene for packaging junk food and non-essential eatables with effect from April 1st.

After hearing the petition, a division bench of Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjay Karol issued an order saying that no polythene would be used in packaging of non-essential items and junk food such as chips and noodles.

The bench said that such step has been taken given the poor health of the children. It further said that children’s health is more important for the nation than profit of the companies.

The High Court said that it can’t frame laws but can issue necessary guidelines for the well-being of the citizens of the state. The court can direct that Nonon-essential eatables such as chips, biscuits, namkeen, candies, chewing gums, cookies, ice cream, chocolate, noodles and cornflakes should not be packaged in polythene, it added.

Apart from this, court ordered that biodegradable packing will be used for selling other items like jalebi, gulab jamun, naan, pau-bhaji, fruits and vegetables.

The High Court issued this order on a petition which said that despite a ban on plastic and polythene in the state, it is being sold in huge amount.

The High Court earlier formed a high-level committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary Sarojini Ganju and directed her to file the report regarding the use of polythene in the state by 30th November 2012. The committee after a thorough examination underlined the following non-essential items being sold in polythene bags.

JPN/Bureau

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