Rajouri, August22:In order to make the district Rajouri single use plastic free, District Development Commissioner, Rajouri, Mohammad Aijaz Asad today convened a meeting with the district and Sectoral officers to finalize a plan in this regard.
The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Rajouri,Sher Singh,Additional Deputy Commissioner Sunderbani,Vinod Kumar Additional Deputy Commissioner Nowshera,Sukh Dev Singh Samyal , Assistant Commissioner Development Akhtar Qazi,Subdivisional magistrate Thanamandi,Tanveer Khan ,Assistant Commissioner Revenue,Mohd Ashraf,Chief medical officer,Dr.Sunil SharmaChief Horticulture Officer,Rakesh Kotwal and other district and Sectoral officers.
At the outset of the meeting, the DDC elaborated that Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging items.The single use plastic in modern day represents the throwaway culture. Most of our single use plastic ends up in landfills, our waterways, and the environment,thus polluting our lands and precious water bodies.Plastics are not biodegradable. Instead they slowly break down into smaller pieces of plastic called microplastics and it remains for thousands of years in the environment.
During the meeting the DDC said that the habit of using plastic needs to be changed to ensure a plastic free environment.He added that strong conviction is required for achieving this goal as the public has become accustomed to the use of plastic.
It was decided during the meeting that as an alternative to polythene, jute bag units are shall be opened in the district and unemployed youths and self help groups shall be involved in the process of making of jute bags. The sale points for the jute bags shall be identified.
In order to destroy the stray single use plastic,EO municipalities were directed to identify the sites for installation of plastic shredding machines at the sites where there is a huge concentration of plastic material.He asked the EO municipalities to seize the polythene being sold in the market and directed the BDOs to replicate the similar work at block level. He asked Chief Education officer to conduct rallies of the students with the purpose of creating awareness among the people about the ill-effects of the use of plastic and plastic based products on the environment.
Directions were passed on to the concerned officers to ensure ban on the entry, transportation and sale of polythene bags more than 50 microns in the district.The DDC directed all the district and sectoral officers not to use plastic bottles and disposable cups in their offices or during the meetings.
The DDC urged upon the officers to ensure the successful conduct of the anti-plastic drive in the district by making the masses aware of the hazardous effects of the use of plastic products and encouraging them to use the substitute materials like jute bags etc.