Suddenly awareness has dawned on senior government officials and politicians alike about the need for banning plastic that is a primary source of urban pollution. With a view to make Haryana, a plastic-free state, awareness is being generated among people to use cotton and jute bags in place of plastic bags. Bartan Bhandars are also being set up to reduce the use of single plastic use.
Haryana Chief Secretary, Keshni Anand Arora gave this information, during a review meeting held under the chairmanship of Rajiv Gauba, Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, regarding Collection, Segregation and disposal of Single use plastic, through video conferencing recently.
Keshni Anand Arora said that the general public is being made aware to reduce the use of plastic. She said that the state government has already banned plastic water bottles in government offices. Various business institutions and NGOs have been requested to make jute bags under Community Social Responsibility (CSR) and distribute it to the general public. Work has already started on this and soon, people would be distributed with jute bags. Apart from this, women working in Self-Help Groups in rural areas have also been requested to make such bags. Bartan Bhandars have been set up at various places in collaboration with NGOs, so as to reduce the use of plastic utensils with immediate effect, she added.
Arora said that under this campaign, so far, about 4,000 challans have been issued to reduce the use of plastic in the state and strict actions are being taken so that in future also, plastic is not used. Plastic waste is also being used in road construction work to dispose of the plastic. Under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, 25 per cent plastic would also be used in road construction.
It was informed in the meeting that ‘Swachhat Hi Seva’ programme would be run with the theme ‘Plastic Waste Shramdaan’ from September 11 to October 27, 2019. This programme would run for six weeks and would be completed in three phases. The first phase would be from September 11 to October 1, 2019, in which people would be made aware about not to use plastic. Awareness programmes will also be conducted in schools and colleges. Apart from this, locations would be identified by the department concerned for collecting and managing the plastic waste. In the first phase, a campaign would be launched to promote the use of jute bags instead of plastic bags.
In the second phase on October 2, plastic waste would be collected at identified places in cities and rural areas where it would be managed. In the third phase, reusable plastic waste and single-use plastics would be segregated. The reusable plastics would be transported to various industrial units.
Those present included Additional Chief Secretary, Public Works (Building and Roads) Department, Alok Nigam, Additional Chief Secretary, Environment and Climate Change Department, Dheera Khandelwal, Principal Secretary, School Education Department, Mahavir Singh, Principal Secretary, Development and Panchayats Department, Sudhir Rajpal, Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies Department, Anand Mohan Sharan, Director, Industries and Commerce Department, Yash Garg and other senior officers.
–Sandeep Siddhartha, Senior Reporter