STATE TIMES NEWSRAMBAN: The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), Ramban, on Thursday launched an anti-polythene drive in main market of the district headquarter town and claimed to have confiscated banned polythene bags from the shopkeepers. A joint team lead by District Officer, SPCB, Ramban, Anupam Koul comprising police officers, officers of other department besides officials of the board raided various shops at Bus Stand and Upper Bazaar of the town and confiscated banned polythene bags of less than 50 microns from the shopkeepers District Officer SPCB said that the drive was launched keeping in view the rise in pollution due polythene bags and drive would remain continue across the district. Our teams also launched an awareness drive to educate people especially shopkeepers on hazards of polythene. District Officer directed the shopkeepers to refrain from using or selling polythene bags. Pertinently, the Jammu and Kashmir government banned the manufacturing, stocking, sale and use of polythene bags across the state in 2017, he added.
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