PRESIDENTS DESK

From the President’s Desk                               

 

We are approaching end of the Financial Year 2018 – 2019 with lot of uncertainties in the Economic Climate. We are in the midst of Lok Sabha Elections. In certain sectors of the Plastics Industry like Automotives there are indications  of Business Growth. Whereas there is also hanging sword of clamour to ban – “Single Use Plastics”. We are closely interacting with the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals to ensure that  correct decisions are taken by the Policy Makers.

 

OPPI Secretariat had sent emails to all members on 4th January 2019 and 11th March 2019 requesting for inputs on the following points:-

  • To define and assess “Single Use Plastic” & plastic products after careful assessment of their impact on environment, economy and society with relevance/ reference to Indian context.

 

  • To finalize the design and specifications of single use plastics and identify the items included and excluded in the category of single use plastics.

 

  • Analyse the usage of single use plastics in the Indian context and to recommend their usage in other applications keeping in view the local practices.

 

  • Consider exclusion of products getting into recycling stream from the definition of single use plastics and also to identify single use plastic items that are deemed essential by their nature or application which cannot be substituted or avoided.

 

Kindly note that once the Expert Committee firms up its views on Single Use Plastics, the same will be notified in the Gazette. Thereafter there will be no appeal on the same.

 

In view of the aforesaid, please send your detailed inputs on the above mentioned points immediately.

 

Organization of Plastics Processors of India is also supporting Formation of Joint Coordination Committee to address the trade issues of Plastics Industry. This coordination Committee will also explore growth opportunities available for exports of Plastic Products.

 

Organization of Plastics Processors of India has also submitted detailed data to the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals  to substantiate increase sought in the Duty Drawback and Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS) Rates.

 

Organization of Plastics Processors of India is  working on the Report on Updation Skill Gap Requirement in Plastics Sector for next ten years ( 2018 – 19 to 2027 – 28). This report will be submitted to the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals.

 

As informed to you OPPI has tied up with Tibro (earlier known as ORBIT) for K- 2019 packages. As you are aware, nearer to the date of K- 2019 it is difficult to find Hotel Accommodation near Düsseldorf. Therefore please register for K- 2019 packages by contacting OPPI at the earliest.

 

With Best Wishes,

 

Dharmendra Gandhi

President