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DRDO launches bioplastic carry bag under Polythene-free Jammu initiative

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People should shun polythene bags, switch to sustainable bags developed by DRDO: Union Petroleum Minister | Alternative to Polythene bag significant step towards transforming urban landscape, faster sustainable development: LG Sinha

Jammu: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Friday launched the bioplastic carry bag developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Polythene-free Jammu initiative.

Puri, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Housing and Urban Affairs, congratulated the people of Jammu, Mayor JMC and ULB members on getting the alternative of polythene. He called upon the people to shun polythene bags and switch to sustainable bags developed by DRDO, an official press release informed.

Asserting that “swachhta” has become the priority of the government, Puri said that the cleanliness campaign is leading the country, especially urban centres, on the path of sustainable growth and development.

“Today, ‘swachhta’ (cleanliness) has become the priority of the government. It has become the very principle for effective implementation of all other government schemes,” Puri said while addressing the gathering.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has converted the challenges of urbanisation into opportunities, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, LG Sinha lauded the DRDO for developing the bio-plastic carry bag as an alternative to polythene bags. 

“It is a significant step towards transforming urban landscape, faster sustainable development and ease of living of citizens,” he said.

“This edible and water-soluble bag is the best alternative to curb the growing menace of plastic pollution,” the LG said.

He called upon people from every section of society and all stakeholders to discharge their duties towards nature and rededicate themselves to realise the goals of sustainable growth. “Strategy to re-orient besides 6R — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Remove, Refuse and Report — will provide sustainable options to people and promote alternatives for packaging and designing,” the LG said.

“The youth will play a crucial role in combating climate change and building a sustainable future. The youth will also lead the communities to reduce plastic pollution and to strengthen economic, commercial and social activities in our cities,” the LG added.

“Nature unites us and ‘Jan-Bhagidari’ is the key to building a harmonious and prosperous society while effectively managing the challenges of climate change. People should actively contribute in such endeavours to build a clean, smart and green city and a better future for coming generations,” Sinha said.

Today the earth and the ocean both are facing a threat from single-use plastic. Efforts of the people and the implementation of the 7R campaign will have to be intensified. We need both technology innovations and calibrated action to reduce plastic pollution, and enable sustainable alternatives to ensure the success of our sustainable development programmes, he said.

The LG also appreciated the Jammu Municipal Corporation, individuals, school children and various organizations for their efforts, like the Polythene-free Jammu campaign, walkathons, and documentaries, to spread awareness against plastic pollution.

“Under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, constant efforts are being made for the rejuvenation of cities. Along with the creation of facilities, strict measures have been taken to conserve and protect the environment while citizens are also being made aware of their responsibilities,” the LG said.

“Sale of polythene and single-use plastic has been completely banned in J&K. But plastic pollution cannot be overcome only by government orders. Our resolve to make Jammu Polythene-free requires the active participation of every citizen of Jammu city,” he said.

Educational institutes, students, organizations and media persons were also felicitated for their significant contribution during the Polythene-free Jammu campaign.

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