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Minister seeks public support in banning single-use plastics

 Source : Imphal Free Press


Minister Shyamkumar during cleanliness drive at Khwairamband Keithel

IMPHAL | Oct 1

The first phase of the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’, a mass awareness campaign on the theme ‘plastic waste awareness and management’ was concluded today. The campaign was organised jointly by MAHUD and IMC at the Ima Keithel, Khwairamband Imphal. The campaign is to pay homage to the father of nation Mahatma Gandhi by observing National Cleanliness Day to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary on October 2. The drive was led by MAHUD minister, Th. Shyamkumar along with MAHUD commissioner, M. Joy, MAHUD director, Th. Harikumar, IMC Commissioner, K. Chandrakumar and IMC administrator, Ksh. Lemba. Speaking to the media, Th. Shyamkumar said that cleanliness drive will be held across the State along with activities like prayer meetings, commemorative ceremonies in schools and colleges, government and socio-political institutions. Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India is the main aim of the campaign ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’, by mobilising the masses and reinforcing people’s movement on sanitation, he added. He appealed to the public in maintaining the environment and conservation of natural resources of the State. Cleanliness is an aspect of wellbeing and healthy life, he added and called for collective responsibility in cleaning the State. He mentioned that Mahatma Gandhi incorporated a non-violent resistance, taking the forefront of India’s freedom struggle movement against colonial British rule. He appealed to the women vendors of Khwairamband Keithel to maintain cleanliness in the area to keep Asia’s largest all women market neat and clean. He further said that inclusion of male vendors in the market will change the essence of the historic market, and urged to protect it.

October 2 is celebrated as International Day of Non Violence since 2007 in other countries after adoption of United Nations general assembly resolution, he said. The resolution reflected the respect of Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophy, he further said, adding the day aims to spread the message of nonviolence through education and public awareness around the world. To celebrate the anniversary of the flagship programme ‘Swach Bharat Mission’, ‘ Swachhta Hi Seva 2019’ was launched by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on September 11. It is massive awareness nationwide campaign on cleanliness, he added. He called up all stakeholders to come forward in banning the single use plastics and minimising the usage of plastics in the State. MAHUD director Th. Harikumar stressed on re-introducing of paper bags in shops and usage of bags made of biodegradable materials like cloth, jute among others. Nationwide shramdaan for plastic waste collection and segregation will be held on October 2. Recycling and effective disposal of the collected plastic waste will be held from October 3 to 27, he said. The plastics collected during the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign will be used in road toppings and in making cement, he said.