Presiding a meeting here yesterday in this regard, District Magistrate Vimal Kumar Sharma said, following the High Court's direction, the state government had issued strict orders to prohibit polythene bags to protect the environment and public health.
    
From January 22, no shopkeeper will be allowed to deliver goods to the customer in polythene bags. Violation of the order will attract a pecuniary fine of Rs 1 lakh and jail term up to five years, he said.
    
The meeting was attended by administrative and police officials.

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