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Manipur chief minister N Biren Tuesday said that the state government is planning to soon impose ban use of plastics in the state.
Speaking at the launching of Cherry Blossom Avenue at Luwangshangbam in Imphal East district on the occasion of World Environment Day, Singh said that a notice to instruct shopkeepers to replace plastics with alternative materials within three months would be issued. “It is a part of government’s efforts towards imposing a complete ban on use and sale of plastics in the state,” he added.
Expressing serious concern over ever increasing rate of health hazards caused by pollution and environmental degradation, the chief minister assured that youth clubs and other voluntary organizations, which are willing to take up waste management activities in their respective localities, would be provided financial assistance.
Informing that some private entrepreneurs had started coming forward with the idea of producing materials which can replace plastic items, the chief minister said that campaign against pollution and environment protection will be successful only when people extend collective co-operation to the government.
Information and Public Relations Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh made a clarion call to preserve, protect the environment and stand against plastic.
He was addressing media as part of the World Environment Day Observance organised by the Directorate of Information and Public Relations at its Keishampat Office Complex.
He said everyone has a responsibility towards protecting the environment and leave a clean and sustainable environment for our future generations.
Biswajit also appealed to shopkeepers to minimise use of plastic bags and replace them with biodegradable carry bags.
Besides the government organised programmes, various NGOs and voluntary organizations also observed the World Environment Day.
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