From the President’s Desk


Dear Members,

I hope and pray that this issue of Plastiscope finds you all safe and in good health.

The beginning of 2021 was indicating a good 2022 with revival and development in all sectors of the economy. However the surge in the numbers of COVID-19 patients has resulted in partial/mini lockdowns in different Indian States. The second wave of the Pandemic has again resulted in labour exodus. This is bound to impact the revival and production in the Manufacturing Units. This will also affect the supply chains.

Notification dated 11th March 2021 issued by the Ministry Of Environment, Forest and Climate Change was sent to you by the OPPI Secretariat. This draft notification pertains to Single Use Plastics,increase in the thickness of Plastic carry bags and also non-woven plastic carry bags. The last date for submission of objections /suggestions on the proposals contained in the draft notification is 10th May 2021. OPPI will be sending its objections/suggestions to the Ministry Of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. However I also appeal to OPPI Members to send their objections/suggestions to;;

OPPI has also given its suggestions pertaining to aforesaid Notification in the Meeting chaired by Joint Secretary (Petrochemicals) on 15th April 2021.

On 15th April 2021 we also had a Virtual Conference with Hon’ble Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister for Commerce & Industry and Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change regarding the notification dated 11th March 2021.

The Powerpoint Presentation made at this Virtual Conference has been already mailed to you. As mentioned in the mail both the Hon’ble Ministers were positive to our suggestions. Shri Prakash Javadekar also announced that the products categorized as Single Use Plastics can be produced for exports.

It was also mentioned that the validity of the laws pertaining to environment enacted by the various State Governments would be examined.

It was also mentioned that our objections to increase the thickness of carry bags from 50 microns to 120 microns was well understood.

With Best Wishes,


Mahendra Sanghvi