Bengaluru Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun faced a lot of flak for presenting a basket of fruits wrapped in banned plastic to the Chief Minister of Karnataka B.S. Yediyurappa recently. The photo of her giving the basket went viral and she was criticized due to the prevailing ban on plastic.
She realized her mistake and as she did not want to send a wrong message across to the people, she voluntarily paid a fine of Rs 500/. She however pointed out that there was no clause for penalising those using plastic even though there was such a provision against the traders. She made it clear that there was a proposal to impose a fine on the end users of plastic products and it would be incorporated in the law very soon.