Pushing further the ‘Say no to plastic‘ drive, NGO Swawlamban in association with Navjiwan RWA organized a transformational event in which 800 to 900 high-quality jute bags were distributed in Navjeevan Vihar. This exemplary effort, with able support extended by Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi is expected to inspire many in Delhi and other parts of the nation to work on the line of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s efforts and to ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’- including an ambitious pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022. The dynamic MP of New Delhi constituency, Mrs. Lekhi has been very actively working on waste management with special focus on plastic waste. Her work on floral waste management was earlier very well appreciated by many within and beyond her constituency. Recently, her initiatives such as the installation of bottle crushing machines at strategic locations and Zero Waste to Landfill by involving Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) are notable.
The program was sponsored by Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) through Swawlamban. Ms. Smriti Gupta and Mr. Sundeep Chadha represented the NGO and Dr. Ruby Makhija, Secretary, Navjiwan RWA spearheaded the entire event. The event was held in the DDA market in the Navjiwan Vihar in the presence of huge number of children and residents of the place. Main beneficiaries were the labourers from construction sites, guards, maids, drivers and people from the nearby lesser privileged clusters, who know and value these bags. ONGC has taken the initiative against single-use plastic.
It would be noteworthy that according to a study conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) it is estimated that around 25,940 Ton/day of plastic waste is generated in India. The Government of India has notified Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. As per the Rules, the generators of waste have been mandated to take steps to minimize the generation of plastic waste, not to litter the plastic waste, ensure segregated storage of waste at source and handover segregated waste to local bodies or agencies authorized by the local bodies. The rules also mandate the responsibilities of local bodies, gram panchayats, waste generators, retailers and street vendors to manage plastic waste.
On this occasion, an appeal was made out to people to celebrate Diwali, the festival of prosperity as a Green Diwali and adhere to the norms stated by Authorities in order to control air and noise pollution.
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