The Journalists and civil society activists were urged to play due role for raising awareness among the masses about the hazardous affects of the use of plastic bags on human health.

The capacity-building workshop-cum-programme on enforcement of Plastic Bags Regulation - 2013, was held here under the auspices of Environmental protection Agency of P&D, AJK government with the coordination of the Environmental Journalist Forum, Mirpur. It was aimed at raising awareness among the masses about hazardous affects of the plastic shopping bags.

The AJK minister for environment was the chief guest on the occasion who lauded EPA for its move to ensure effective enforcement of plastic bags Regulation 2013 in AJK besides sensitizing the stakeholders more effectively.

"In pursuance of environmental Protection Act 2000 and keeping in view the adverse impacts of plastic shopping bags on human health and natural environment of the area, the AJK government has ratify the Regulation titled "Prohibition of Non-degradable Plastic Products (Manufacturing Sale and Usage) Regulation 2013, in AJK to make control on hazards of plastic shopping bags", said EPA Divisional Head Sardar Idrees Mahmood while unveiling the salient features of the programme.

He said that the function aimed at putting a ban on use of conventional plastic product and launch of oxobiodegradable technology/-products in AJK.

Sardar Idrees revealed that garbage plants and burning units were also being installed in all major cities of AJK to ensure availability of pollution-free environment.

On the occasion, it was informed that the AJK government had already earmarked over Rs300 million for bringing about green revolution in the liberated area. The sources said that the Federal Environment Ministry was spending Rs110 million for the reforestation of AJK besides initiating necessary steps to save the forests from fire and erosion.