Health Desk: May 15, 2017-- The violators of the 'Mandatory Jute Packaging Act 2010' would get one-year jail or Taka 50,000 penalty or both, State Minister for Textiles and Jute Mirza Azam on Sunday said.
Mirza Azam hoped that the environment will get free from pollution and demand of jute products will increase, if the act is implemented properly.
He said this while addressing a press conference at the textiles and jute ministry's conference room in the capital.
Mirza Azam said, "According to Article 14 of the Act, if anyone uses other wrappings instead of jute for packaging commodities (mentioned in the law), he or she would be sentenced with one-year jail or fined Taka 50,000 or given both penalties"
Textiles and Jute Ministry Additional Secretary Krishna Bhattacharya and Jute Department Director General Mosleh Uddin were present at the press conference, among others.
The government will begin a weeklong special drive from today to ensure the mandatory use of jute bags for packaging, the state minister said, adding that such kind of a special drives conducted between November 31, 2015 and February 2016 to execute the 'Mandatory Jute Packaging Act 2010' were successful.
The state minister said the district and upazila administrations were asked to take necessary measures to implement the decision on the drive and inform the ministry and cabinet division about updates in this regard.
Mandatory Jute Packaging Act 2010 has compelled ensuring the use of jute bags for packaging of 17 commodities.