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Fee on plastic packaged goods ‘not tenable’

Our Bureau Mangaluru | Updated on July 05, 2018 Published on July 05, 2018

The Canara Plastic Manufacturers’ and Traders’ Association (CPMTA) has said the Karnataka Budget proposal to levy fees on plastic packaged goods is not tenable under the law.

While presenting the Karnataka Budget for 2018-19 on Thursday, HD Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister, said the government will soon direct local bodies to levy a plastic waste management fee at 3 per cent on the MRP of goods packed in plastic.

Reacting to this, BA Nazeer, president of CPMTA, said the proposal is not tenable as taxing a product is under the purview of the GST Act. There was a provision of levying fees for the shops, but not for the product, as per the Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules 2016, which has been since deleted vide a March 27 2018 notification, he said.

Welcoming the government’s proposal to establish an ‘Alternative Packing Technology Development Institute’ to push use of biodegradable material, he said latest technologies across the world help convert plastic waste to wealth. “We will support and work with the government in this regard.”

Published on July 05, 2018
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