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Goa government imposes Rs 5,000 fine for buying or selling plastic bags

Prime News, National, May 31:- The Government of Goa on Tuesday announced that from July, buying or selling of plastic bags in Goa will be an offence and a person can be fined upto Rs 5,000/- for it.

As per reports by PTI, this is an effort by the Government to curb litter and keep the coastal tourist destination clean.

Announced by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, as part of the government’s efforts to keep clean the coastal state that lures visitors from all over the world, citing this drastic measure, the CM appealed to the people to inculcate the habit of carrying cloth bags while out on shopping, as it used to be the practice before plastic came in a big way.

“We need to do away with plastic bags. From July onwards if we find anyone selling or buying plastic bags he will have to pay the fine,” he said at a function here.

“The fine won’t be a meagre amount. It will be hefty. It might be upto Rs 5,000 (each time). We might give some relaxation in the beginning in terms of the amount of fine, but we are strictly going to implement the ban,” he said.

-(KK, Inputs: Agencies)

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