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Demand for proper law implementation to ban Polythene

All the markets have been over flown by fatal polythene throughout the country including Dhaka. Moreover a kind of polythene bag known as China Tissue is being severely used in Bangladesh. Poribesh Bachao Andolon (POBA), Work for a Better Bangladesh Trust and other 17 organizations jointly organized a human chain on 23rd December 2015, 11 am, in front of Charukola Institute, on demand of proper implementation of law to ban polythene. People of various occupation, environmentalist and social organization and thousands of women joined the human chain with their children.    

Speakers said that, polypropylene imported by bond license are being used to prepare illegal polythene. Each family uses four polythene each day in Dhaka. According to that, about 1 crore 40 lakh polythene is thrown only in Dhaka City. This polythene are causing water clog. At present 30 lakh tissue bag are being produced and distributed in Bangladesh every day. Chemical Engineering department of BUET has found out that tissue bag contains fatal components for health and environment. Various shopping malls, shops, cloth stores are using tissue bags at present.

Our Demands:

·         Strict implementation of polythene banning law and ensure punishment of the law violators.

·         Ensure alternate like jute, cloth and paper bags instead of polythene and tissue bag. And make them popular.

·         Stop importing raw materials of polythene and control importing propylene through bond license.

·         Ensure coordination among Department of Environment, Law Enforcement, National Bureau of Revenue, FBCCI, Dhaka South City Corporation and Dhaka North City Corporation. Ministry of Environment and Forest should play an important role in this regard.

The human chain was presided over Abu Naser Khan, Chairman, POBA. Speakers were Md. Abdus Sobhan, Executive General Secretary, POBA; Hafizur Rahman Moyna, Chairman, NASOF; Atiq Morshed, Coordinator, POBA; Ziaur Rahman, Senior Project Officer, WBB Trust; Md Siddikur Rahman, General Secretary, Keraniganj Shopping Bag Businessman Co operative Society; Special organizer of the Co operative Society Md Shahidul Alam; Female leader Mst. Basiran; Anisul Hossain Tarek, member secretariat, Pallima Green; Md Bappi, Chairman, Dhaka City Envelop Manufacturer Labor Union; Ratan Majumdar, Paper Businessman; Burhan Uddin Ahmed, Chairman, Poribesh Unnoyon Society; Nazim Uddin, Chairman, Puran Dhaka Nagorik Uddog; Makibul Hasan Bappi, Chairman, Youth Sun, Harendra Nath Singha, Member, Janauddog, Abul Hasnat, Chairman, Modern Club and many more.