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Food Ministry puts blanket ban on single use plastic products from 15 Sept

Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution has announced a blanket ban on all types of single use plastic products in various departments of Ministry and all its Public Sector Units (PSUs) including Food Corporation of India (FCI) starting from 15 September 2019.

Key Highlights

The decision on this ban on use of single-use plastic products was taken in a high level meeting held by Union Minister of Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan. Union Minister has asked officials to make alternate arrangements to ensure that the ban is effective.

The high level meeting was held with Secretaries of both Departments i.e. Consumer Affairs and Food, CMD FCI, DG Bureau of India Standards (BIS), MD of central warehousing corporation (CWC), Director Legal Metrology along with other senior officials of Ministry.

Moreover, the department has distributed cloth bags to employees to reduce consumption of single use plastics.

Steps taken by Ministry so far:

During the Swachhata Pakhwada and Swachhata Hi Sewa campaign, department of fertilizers has distributed cloth bags produced by Women’s Self help Group (SHG) Laxmi Devi Swasya Group of village Maragondanahalli Grama Panchayat Ramohalli district, Karnataka to its employees to reduce consumption of single use plastics. As per the department, it is a small step to reduce single-use plastic usage and, to make people aware of viable alternative, while at the same time to improve income and livelihood of rural women of India.

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KVIC launches ‘Terracotta Grinder’ at Varanasi to reuse wasted pottery

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) launched first ever ‘Terracotta Grinder’ at Sewapuri in Varanasi, Uttar Preadesh. This machine will grind the wasted and broken pottery items for re-using in pottery-making.

About Terracotta Grinder

It was designed by KVIC Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena.

It was fabricated by a Rajkot-based engineering unit.

Benefits:

Earlier the wasted pottery items were grinded in normal khal-musal (mortar and pestle) and its fine powder was mixed with normal clay but now the new Terracotta grinder will make grinding of wasted pottery items faster than the traditional mortar and pestle. Mixing this fine powder is important as when the powder is mixed in stipulated ratio to normal clay, it makes resulting pottery items stronger.

It will also help in solving problem of shortage of clays.

Terracotta grinder will lessen the cost of production. The cost of one tractor trolley of clay is Rs.2,600 in the Varanasi area, therfore, by mixing 20% of this wasted terracotta powder, the potter will make a saving of at least Rs.520. This will also create more job opportunities in villages.

This will also meet the growing demand for terracotta products at Varanasi railway station following a direction by Union Ministry of Railways to Zonal Railways and IRCTC to take urgent necessary action for ensuring the use of locally produced, environment friendly terracotta products such as Kulhad, glasses and plates for serving passengers through all static catering units at Varanasi and Raibareilly railway stations.

This machine will be a boon for potters as Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Gadkari has proposed to introduce kulhads and other terracotta products at 400 prominent railway stations. However, the proposal is under active consideration of Indian Railways.

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