KUPWARA: District Magistrate Kupwara on Tuesday imposed a ban on the use of polythene within the territorial limits of the district. The order was issued in accordance with the government SRO dated June 18, 2008, wherein a ban was imposed on the use of polythene carry bags, an official handout read. Under the order guilty of any act of commission or omission in contravention of any provisions of the JK Non-Biodegradable Material Act 2007 shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month or with the fine up to Rs 5000 or with both.
Whereas if a person having been convicted of an offence punishable under this Act is again convicted under the Act shall be punishable for a term of imprisonment which may extend up to two months and shall also be liable to fine up to Rs 10,000.
Similarly, whoever in any manner aids, abets or assists in the commission of an offence under the Act shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment prescribed for the offence, it further read.