Jairam targets Govt over ban on single-use plastic

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Jairam targets Govt over ban on single-use plastic

Thursday, 12 September 2019 | PNS | New Delhi

Days after suggesting his party against demonising Prime Minister Narendra Modi all the time, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday took a swipe at the Modi Government over the proposed ban on use of single use plastic, saying it will only grab headlines and “mask” this regime’s true environmental record.

“As Environment Minister I resisted blanket ban on use of single-use plastic. Plastic industry employs lakhs and the real problem is how we dispose and recycle waste,” he said on Twitter.

The former Environment minister said the real problem was how to dispose of and recycle plastic waste.

He also tagged a media report claiming that a complete ban on plastic by the Modi government was not a good idea as the economy was facing a slowdown.

"The ban will only grab headlines, home and abroad, and mask the Modi regime's true environmental record," he also said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had suggested the control on use of plastics while addressing the COP (Conference of Parties) here.  Modi government's "blanket ban on plastics at this moment of economic slowdown is a bad idea," Ramesh added.

In an event recently, Ramesh saidModi's governance model is not a "complete negative story" and not recognising his work and demonising him all the time is not going to help. He said it is time we recognise Modi's work and what he did between 2014 and 2019 due to which he was voted back to power by over "30 per cent of the electorate".

"He (Modi) talks in a language that connects him with the people. Unless we recognise that he is doing things which people recognise and which have not been done in the past, we are not going to be able to confront this guy," he maintained.

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