JORHAT, Sept 12 - The Majuli district administration has prohibited the use, sale and purchase of plastic carry bags, tobacco leaves and gutkha in the Brahmaputra island district.
An order issued by Additional District Magistrate Naren Das on September 9 states that in view of use of plastic bags becoming a serious problem to public life, and also consumption of tobacco leaves, gutkha being injurious to public health, the use, sale and purchase of all kinds of plastic bags and the tobacco products have been prohibited with immediate effect.
The order issued under Section 144 of CrPC, 1973, stated that it will be in force for a period of 60 days or until further orders. The order warned that any violation of the directive will lead to punishment under provisions of Section 188 of the IPC.
The order mentioned that use of biodegradable plastic in Majuli has led to contamination of soil and water and also created unhygienic conditions in drains by clogging sewage and affecting ponds, creating a serious problem.
Similarly, the sale and consumption of tobacco leaves and gutkha was injurious to public health and required immediate intervention of the district administration, the order stated.