Nagaland to ban plastic
The Nagaland government will ban single-use plastic to prevent climate change.
Addressing a gathering at the Ahuna-cum-Mini Hornbill Festival at Zunheboto on Wednesday, chief minister Neiphiu Rio said the move aims to preserve the environment.
“We have to be plastic-free and come out with alternatives such as bamboo and cane baskets and carry bags,” he said.
The chief minister urged the deputy commissioners and the leaders of districts to work together to identify those expert in bamboo and cane crafts and weaving so that the alternatives to plastic can be promoted.
Rio expressed his delight to know that about 200 butterfly species had been recorded in Zunheboto. He encouraged the local people to preserve the fauna and promote butterfly tourism. He lauded the Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI)’s initiative to make the Hornbill night carnival, scheduled to be held in Kohima from December 1 to 10, plastic-free.
KCCI president said according to the guidelines of the state government, the whole stretch of the carnival from Phoolbari till Razhü junction would be plastic-free.
Stating that the Sumis, the main inhabitants of Zunheboto, were known for their bravery in the olden days, the chief minister called upon them to be warriors of unity, peace, reconciliation and all-round development.