Making ways for new changes in favour of protecting the environment, official government meetings and functions have started using eco-friendly alternatives instead of plastics.
On October 1st, 2019, water kettles and earthen cups were spotted at the launch of Clean, Green and Fit Village campaign in Guwahati. Instead of plastic bottles, aluminium-water kettles and earthen cups were used during the launching ceremony of the campaign. The campaign was launched by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati. Also, jute bags were distributed on the occasion.
The Clean, Green and Fit Village campaign was launched on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti celebrations. Sonowal took to Twitter and wrote, “The campaign will provide new impetus towards Bapuji’s dream of #SwachhBharat on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary.”
The programme was held at the Guwahati Volleyball Coaching Centre Ground, Judges’ Field here. The campaign is a joint effort of MyGov Assam and ONGC, as part of its CSR initiative.
Bamboo dustbins, eco-friendly canvas bags and volleyballs will be distributed in 115 villages of Assam. While the clean and green village initiative of MyGov Assam was being successful implements, the concept of fit villages has been newly introduced wherein children from villages will be encouraged to play volleyball and stay fit. “Assam Volleyball Mission 100′, a forum of former volleyball players has volunteered to entend technical support for this mission.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a ban of single-use plastic (SUP) in the country. He also urged the citizens to start a revolution against SUP on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary on October 2nd, 2019. Modi has also appealed the corporates to help phase out SUP.
It may be mentioned, on September 8th, 2019 glass jars, glass bottles and glasses were spotted on the first day of the 68th Plenary Session of North Eastern Council (NEC). Instead of plastic files, bags made of eco-friendly items like jute were handed over to the attendees.
The Pema Khandu government in Arunachal Pradesh on September 17th, 2019 held the first-ever plastic-free cabinet meeting. This step was taken to make the state a plastic-free state in the future and water flasks were used instead of plastic bottles.
Meghalaya Chief Minister has also launched a campaign called #ShillongMyPassion on September 7th, 2019 with an aim to make Shillong, capital of Meghalaya plastic-free by 2022.
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