Within days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's declaration that India should be plastic-free, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has shared a video of a common man, curbing the use of plastic in his day-to-day work. Taking to Twitter, Rijiju posted a video of a fish/ meat seller in a remote village of Arunachal Pradesh, who is using banana and local tree leaves in his shops to pack meats and fishes instead of plastic bags. The man can be heard in the video saying that PM Modi asked citizens not to use plastic and therefore they are not using plastic. The video, Rijiju said, was from Lepa Rada District of Arunachal Pradesh.
"PM @narendramodi has told us not to use plastics so we are using local leaves because plastics are no more available"— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) October 6, 2019
A local meat vendor at remote Tirbin, Lepa Rada Dist, Arunachal Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/Z1vuB2K8fK
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a clarion call to the world about the plastic menace. Addressing the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday, Pm Modi spoke on plastic and the way in which it is harming the nation. Prime Minister Modi also spoke about India's action to maintain environmental sustainability. He said, "Mr. Secretary, while entering the United Nations building today, I read on a wall, 'no more single-use plastic'. I feel extremely delighted in informing this gathering here, that today while I am addressing you, we are working tirelessly in India to make the country single-use plastic-free."
PM Modi while addressing a gathering at the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, said that India has to achieve the goal of ending the usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022. He said, “Sanitation, environment protection, and life protection, these three subjects were dear to Gandhi Ji." He added, "Plastic is a major threat to all three. Therefore, we have to achieve the goal of freeing the country from single-use plastic by the year 2022.” PM Modi during his address claimed that the use of plastic bags is decreasing "very fast" and he further stated that crores of people across the country have pledged "not to use single-use plastic."
PM Modi added, “In the last three weeks, the entire country has given a lot of momentum to this campaign through cleanliness service. I have been told that about 20,000 tons of plastic waste have been collected during this period. During this time it is also seen that the use of plastic carry bags is decreasing very fast. I am also aware that today, crores of people across the country have pledged not to use single-use plastic.”