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Government to work with plastics industry, help address various issues: Petrochemicals Secretary

Monday, May 07, 2018

The government and the Plastics Industry will work together to address various issues and Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals (DCPC), Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, is open to suggestions by this sector according to P. Raghavendra Rao, IAS, Secretary, Department Of Chemicals And Petrochemicals. Addressing an interactive plastics industry session organised by The All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association (AIPMA) on Thursday, Rao said the Maharashtra State Government is aware of various problems faced by the industry and confirmed that a task-force formed is looking at sustainable solutions.

The key discussion points of this interactive session included the current status and road-map for the growth of the Indian Plastics industry, plastic ban in Maharashtra and implementation of EPR for possible solutions. The interactive session was attended by officials from the DCPC, the Government of Maharashtra, AIPMA Managing Committee along with representatives of various organisations and experts from the industry. Those present included Samir Kumar Biswas, IAS, Joint Secretary to Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India and Varun Sanghavi from Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

"While there is great potential for plastics, the government needs to play an active role in promoting use of plastics," said Hiten Bheda, AIPMA President. The government must encourage end–use consumption, provide appropriate infrastructure, give boost to plasticulture for agro and food-processing as well as focused support to facilitate use of plastics in healthcare and automotive.

Bheda also felt the government needs to rationalize import duties on plastic raw materials to help domestic manufacturers as well as come out with a favorable National Petrochemicals Policy which would help processing industry, specifically MSMEs.

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