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Uttar Pradesh government bans use of polythene bags across the State

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Seeking to make Uttar Pradesh an environemt-friendly place, the government decided to enforce the ban on the use of polythene across the state, a month after the Allahabad High Courts direction to prohibit its usage. A decision to this effect was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Akhilesh here. The administration, however has not specified the timeline as to when the ban will come into force.On November 18, the Allahabad High Court had directed the state government to issue a notification enforcing complete ban on the sale of polythene across the state by December 31 this year.

The order was passed by a division bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Yashwant Verma following an assurance by Advocate General Vijay Bahadur Singh that the Court may "fix any deadline" and the "state government will positively issue a notification." The direction had come in the course of a hearing on a public interest litigation filed by one Ashok Kumar who had sought the courts intervention for improving public sanitation in the city of Allahabad.