New Delhi: The Department of Fertilizers has decided to distribute locally made cloth and jute bags to reduce the consumption of single-use Plastics. That's how the department is celebrating Swachhata Pakhwara in true sense. A press release issued by the department said "Department of Fertilizers is committed to do its utmost efforts to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics. As these are non-biodegradable they pollute our environment. An effective ban on single-use plastic can happen if an alternative is available in the market. Cloth or jute bags, locally tailored and produced can be a viable alternative".
An effective alternative against plastic
The department also has plans to train women's self-help groups for tailoring and marketing of such cloth bags. For the Swachhata Pakhwara, the department is distributing cloth bags produced by women’s self-help group Sri Laxmi Devi Swasya group of village Maragondanahalli, Ramohalli, Karnataka to its employees. The department further mentioned in the release "It is hoped that the employees would not only use cloth bags for the daily use but will be enthused to take action towards reducing use of plastic and would focus plastic waste management in a big way. At the same time, the local production by self-help groups would also contribute as an additional source of income to them".
PSU Watch view
PSU Watch believes that the ban on plastic carry bags that are the primary source of plastic led pollution, has failed many times because it has inconvenient alternatives. There is no doubt that if people take up to jute and cloth made bags and replace plastic carry bags from their lives, this menace can effectively be checked.
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