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Plastic ban from Oct. 2

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced a ban on the use of plastic bags, polythene and single-use plastic in the state. The ban will be implemented in a phased manner beginning October 2.

By SUBRAT DAS
  • Published 11.07.18
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Chief minister Naveen Patnaik launches “Ama Mukhyamantri, Amari Katha” programme in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced a ban on the use of plastic bags, polythene and single-use plastic in the state. The ban will be implemented in a phased manner beginning October 2.

To begin with, the ban will be imposed in all the five municipal corporations - Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Rourkela - and Puri town from October 2, which is also the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Later, it will be extended across the state over the next two years, Naveen said.

Naveen made the announcement during the inaugural "Ama mukhyamantri, ama katha" (Our chief minister, our story) programme.

Through this interaction, Naveen will deliver social messages as a prelude to the "Ama gaon, ama bikash" event.

Naveen said plastic had posed a grave danger to environment, health of children and the future of humans.

Making an emphatic statement on environment protection, Naveen said: "Trees are embedded with our culture. You very well know the importance of plants in our life. So please plant a sapling in this monsoon season and take care of it like a family member."

At the "Ama mukhyamantri, ama katha" programme on Tuesday, Naveen interacted with people from 162 gram panchayats in the seven blocks of six districts. He spoke about the hazard we have posed to our environment with the use of plastic. He then announced his decision to ban plastic in the state.

Interacting with panchayati raj representatives, Naveen said: "This money is yours - the people of Odisha. Please ensure that the sanctioned projects are executed effectively and soon."

The Congress and the BJP, however, criticised the launch of the "Ama mukyamantri, ama katha" programme.

State Congress president Niranjan Patnaik said: "The message of banning plastic is good, but it is to be seen how far it is implemented."

State BJP president Samir Mohanty said: "Naveen is doing it keeping the coming elections in mind."