Sindh cabinet approves ban on polythene bags

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The Sindh government imposed on Saturday a ban on the manufacture, sale and purchase of non-biodegradable polythene bags in the province.

An official of the environment department informed the cabinet during a meeting that the manufacture and use of polythene bags is a crime.

On this, the cabinet approved the environment department’s request to impose a province-wide ban on the use of them.

According to the spokesman of the Sindh chief minister, in the next three months, there will be a ban on the use of plastic bags in different districts of the province.

Further, the cabinet approved the release of aged prisoners after a new list is put together every three months. The cabinet also approved the release of aged prisoners with dangerous diseases.

The prisons medical committee will submit details of the aged prisoners to the cabinet while an eye will be kept on those prisoners released under the district administration, the spokesperson added.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah also directed that details regarding prisoners abroad be also provided to him.

Moreover, the spokesperson said, the Sindh government will release prisoners after the payment of bail.

It was also decided in the meeting that the governor, chief minister, the interior minister, speaker, the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court, chief secretary, inspector general (IG) of the police and the two additional IGs be provided with bulletproof cars.

The cabinet also approved the formation of a committee under the legal advisor Murtaza Wahab along with Imtiaz Sheikh, Shabbir Bajjar, IG police and interior secretary to observe the police roles and report to the cabinet.