The Minister of Finance, Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo, had announced the ban on plastic bags as from next year when he presented the budget 2015. However, it seems that there will be exceptions to the rule. Raj Dayal has mentioned that plastic bags might still be in use for certain cases.
More trouble in paradise? The Minister of Finance, Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo, and the Minister of Environment, Raj Dayal, appear not being on the same wavelength when it comes to the use of plastic bags in Mauritius. This is the second instance that members of Alliance Lepep have been noted to be apparently contradicting each other.
Yesterday, Xavier-Luc Duval had denied the words of the Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo as to a PNQ relating to the BAI back when the former was the Minister of Finance. Now, it is the Minister of Environment who seems to disagree with another statement made by Lutchmeenaraidoo during the budget presentation.
The Minister of Finance had announced that plastic bags will be banned as from the 1st of January 2016 during the presentation of the budget 2015-1016. However, the Minister of Environment affirmed that this might not be entirely true.
Raj Dayal, Minister of Environment, National Emergency Centre and Beach Authority (left) & Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo, Minister of Finance (right).
Raj Dayal argues that plastic bags can still be used in some cases. Upon responding to a question of a member of the Opposition (Adil Ameer Meea) yesterday, Raj Dayal explained that his team is currently working towards the idea of a partial ban on plastic bags. He mentioned the possibility of exceptional cases whereby plastic bags might be used for the sake of hygiene.
An additional question was put forward by a member of the MMM, Alan Ganoo, whose query pertained to black plastic bags used for the disposal of waste materials in Mauritian households. Raj Dayal explained that this would be considered during decision-making.