The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday gave its approval for mandatory use of jute in packaging for the Jute Year 2015-16 (1st July, 2015 to 30th June, 2016).
"The decision will provide relief to 3.7 lakh workers employed in Jute Mills and ancillary units as well as support the livelihood of around 40 lakh farm families. Besides, it will help to protect the environment because jute is natural, biodegradable and reusable fibre," the Cabinet said in a statement.
Under the Jute Packaging Materials (Compulsory use in Packing Commodities) Act, 1987 (JPM Act), the government is required to consider and provide for the compulsory use of jute packaging material in the supply and distribution of certain commodities in the interest of production of raw jute and jute packaging material and of persons engaged in the production thereof and for matters connected therewith.
In pursuance of the JPM Act, the Government has decided that food grains and sugar may be reserved for jute packaging for the Jute Year 2015-16.