Acting on the petitions of the Sanyukt Vyapar Mandal, Khalini, Indian Biscuits Manufacturers Association, Noida, and Haroli Block Industries Associations, Tahliwal, Una, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has given a relief for traders as it has extended stay on notification issued by the state government vides which it had banned 25 food items in plastic packaging till November 19, 2013.

A Division Bench comprising Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Rajiv Sharma also granted further time to the Central government to file its reply in the matter.

Earlier, the state government had banned junk food items like chips, kurkure, biscuits, etc, in plastic/non-biodegradable packaging from sale/ stocking with effect from July 1 in compliance to the orders of the court. The notification came in the wake of the high court order of January 10 that directed the government to ban the items packed in plastic packaging from April 1. But later on the request of the government, the court had extended the time limit to implement the orders by three months.

Court in its earlier order, the court had stayed the said notification till September 3.