Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Government will soon come out with a comprehensive law to prevent sale of plastic carry bags with less than 30 micron thickness, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan told the Assembly on Monday.

Responding to a calling attention motion moved by C.P. Mohammed (Congress), the Chief Minister said the law was mooted to overcome the High Court stay on the legislative measures undertaken by the previous Government to check the sale of plastic carry bags with less than 30 micron thickness. The Government had banned the sale of carry bags with 20 micron thickness and it would be enforced strictly, he said.

The Government had constituted a four-member panel to recommend measures to check pollution from waste generated by steel mills. A 50-acre plot had been identified at FACT Kochi Division for garbage processing and another facility for processing bio-medical waste would soon come up at Kanjikode in Palakkad. The Government was also taking steps to ensure that local bodies set up solid waste management plants either individually or collectively within their areas of jurisdiction, he said.

Moneylenders' Act

Minister for Finance T.M. Thomas Isaac told K.C. Venugopal (Congress) that the Government proposed to amend the Kerala Moneylenders' Act to prevent irregularities in the running of chit funds. A case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code was registered against persons connected with Sree Padam Funds in Alappuzha district who allegedly misappropriated money from the chit fund.