Plastic Ban: Milk to get expensive by ₹15?

The Milk producers have demanded to lax the ban on plastic for milk packaging and have warned for a protest

Plastic Ban: Milk to get expensive by ₹15?

Maharashtra Plastic Manufacture Association has decided not to supply plastic bags to the Dairy industry after they were issued a notice by the state Pollution Control Board (MPCB). However, no other substitute of plastic for milk packaging has been provided except for glass bottles. 

Maharashtra Milk Welfare Association (MMWA) has decided to increase the rate of milk per litre by ₹10 to ₹15 as the packaging will be done in a glass bottle for which the consumer will have to bear the cost. 

Reacting to this, State Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam on Friday said that the milk producers should not threaten the government because the plastic producers for milk packaging are already getting a concession. 

After the state government banned the usage of plastic and thermocol, the plastic bags used for packaging milk were also to be prohibited. According to MPCB, the officials had ordered the disposal of milk bags for recycling the same. However, the Milk Welfare Association was unable to plan out the same in time. 

Therefore, the state pollution control board issued a notice to plastic manufacturers to cease the production of plastic bags. As this happened, the trouble of packaging milk has become the main concern for the milk producers.

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The Milk producers have demanded the state government to be lax regarding the plastic ban which has been implemented and has also warned to protest if their demands are not met. However, the Maharashtra government has not reacted to their demands.

Earlier, during the protest by Milk producers, the state government promised to provide ₹5 subsidy. However, the same has been pending since October 30. 

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