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Friday, June 02 2023

Karnataka imposes ban on thin plastic bags

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Bengaluru: Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said that the cabinet has decided to ban the use and sale of plastic bags below 40 microns in thickness across the state. Industries manufacturing plastic bags of less than 40 microns in thickness will be told to stop making such bags and to switch over to thicker bags.
plastic1“There are over 450 such small industries in the state and the decision will not cause any loss to them,” minister added.

The proposal for an overhaul of the Panchayat Raj Act stirred an intense discussion at the Cabinet meeting. A detailed presentation was made about the repercussions of various changes proposed in the new Bill, which went on for over two hours.

The amended bill proposes to make members of zilla, taluk and gram panchayats declare assets and liabilities every year. Further, the beneficiaries of various welfare schemes at gram sabhas should be videographed and telecast live in local TV channels.

In all, 88 amendments have been suggested to the existing Act by the committee headed by Congress MLA Ramesh Kumar.  Chief Minister Siddaramaiah wanted a group of ministers including Panchayat Raj minister H K Patil and Law Minister T B Jayachandra to study the implications of the proposed changes before the Cabinet takes a final decision.

The state government has decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of erstwhile Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan on November 10. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will take part in the main event to be held at the Banquet hall of Vidhana Soudha.

Other Decisions

Repair and upgradation of Kalaburagi-Sedam Road at a cost of Rs 8 crore.
Revised estimate of Rs 33.5 crore approved for construction of a bridge across river Lakshmana Theertha in Mysuru district.
Rs 10 crore to set up a Textile Training Centre at Yadgir
Rs 8 crore to build a District Court Complex in Chikkaballapur
Winter Session in Bengaluru From Nov 16

(Inputs from agencies)

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