Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday constituted an eight-member Special Task Force (STF) to address the issue of plastic pollution by strictly implementing Plastic Waste Management Rules and eliminating single use plastic in the Union Territory.
The eight-member STF, which is headed by Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, has been asked to leverage funds available under Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 for development of waste management infrastructure to mitigate plastic pollution in J&K.
Besides Mehta, the other members of the STF include chairman J&K Pollution Control Board, administrative secretaries of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj department, Housing & Urban Development Department, Industries and Commerce Department, School Education Department, Forest, Ecology & Environment Department and Higher Education Department.
”The terms of reference of the task force will be to prepare a comprehensive Action Plan for implementation of provisions of Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016, and enforcement of the ban on single use plastic items,” read an order issued by the General Administration Department (GAD).
The order further said that the STF would organise regular meetings of State Level Monitoring Committee for purpose of monitoring of implementation of the PWM Rules, 2016, besides strengthen Urban Local Bodies and Gram Panchayats for fulfilling responsibilities cost under PWM Rules, 2016, leverage funds available under Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 for development of waste management infrastructure to mitigate plastic pollution in J&K.
”The STF should effectively strategise the implementation of SRO 231 dated 26-03-2019 for banning Single Use Plastic (SUP) in J&K, mobilise and build a strong public movement for elimination of single use plastic with wider public participation including educational institutions (Schools, Colleges, Universities etc.) NCC, NSS, Scouts, Youth Clubs, Eco clubs, opinion makers and Voluntary Organisations through Urban Local Bodies,” it said.
It said that the STF should encourage and incentivise the industry involved in the manufacture of eco-friendly biodegradable substitutes for single use plastic. (UNI)