Shimla: Ban of plastics used for storage and sale of processed food items like biscuits, potato chips, candies and others that was to come into force in Himachal Pradesh from today has been deferred by the courts.
“The court directive today came in a petition filed by Indian Biscuit Association,” said Ajay Vaidya, an advocate.
Earlier the court to ban the indiscriminate use of plastics had decreed imposition of a blanket ban on polythene packings of food items barring milk and vegetable oils.
The ban was to come into affect from 1 April but after the government pleaded for more time to implement the ban and it was deferred to 1st July.
Himachal is one of the first states to enacted legislation for banning non bio-degradable plastics that has led to complete ban on use of plastic carry bags in the hill state.
A division bench of the High Court comprising Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjay Karol while hearing a petition about indiscriminate use of plastic had observed, “ We are of the opinion that there should be a ban on only those non-essential items which fall in the category of junk food such as wafers, chips, sweets, noodles, chocolates, ice cream candy, biscuits and ‘namkeen.”
“These items should be brought into Himachal only in biodegradable packaging and even soft drinks should be brought in glass bottles or other biodegradable packaging but not in non-biodegradable packaging”, the bench had said in its order.