CM Dr. Manik Saha calls for stopping use of single-use plastic

Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha on Saturday launched ‘Plastic-Mukt Tripura Abhiyan’ – an initiative for elimination of single use plastic here at Agartala Town Hall and pitched for generation of more awareness.

Addressing the gathering in the programme, the Chief Minister said, “There is a need to stop using single-use plastic as plastic has become a curse to human civilization across the globe.”

The Tripura Pollution Control Board under the Science, Technology and Environment department has organized the month-long initiative, which will last till August 14 next.

“Public awareness must be generated upon stopping usage of plastics in order to ensure sustainability on Earth,” he said, opining that a single-use plastic consists of about 13000 chemicals in it, among which, about 3200 chemicals are harmful for the human body.

He said, “Public-awareness based programmes must be taken up on the negative effects of using plastic in schools, colleges, villages, etc. of the state. All citizens must come forward taking the responsibility to build Plastic-free Tripura.”

He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to build a single-use plastic-free India must be delivered across the state through public awareness.

Mayor of Agartala Municipal Corporation Dipak Majumder, Chief Secretary J K Sinha, Member Secretary of Tripura Pollution Control Board Dr. Bishu Karmakar and Principal Secretary of Science, Technology & Environment department K S Sethi among others were present in the programme.

A visual documentary was presented in the programme on environment-friendly materials created as alternatives to plastics by different Self-Help Groups under TRLM. The members of different SHGs displayed various products consisting of different materials made by them as alternatives to plastics. The products were handed over to the President of All Tripura Merchant Association for the purpose of marketing of the products.



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