As a part of his monthly radio program "Mann Ki Baat" on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had added to his anti-Plastic clarion call issued on Independence Day and had called for a campaign against single-use plastice in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi. The Prime Minister had said that nothing could be a bigger tribute to the Father of the Nation before India is to celebrate his 150th birth anniversary on October 2, than to further the goal of a 'Swachh Bharat.' His call was received enthusiastically by a prominent member of the Indian film industry - Aamir Khan - and a conversation has now ensued.
In response to PM Modi's statement, Aamir Khan encouraged the plastic-free movement and tweeted that we should all strongly support it.
The initiative by the Hon'ble PM @narendramodi to curb 'single use plastic' is an effort all of us should strongly support. It's up to each of us to make sure we stop using 'single use plastic'.— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) August 26, 2019
In response to his tweet, the Prime Minister thanked Aamir Khan for his valuable support to eliminate plastics and said that his uplifting words will inspire others to strengthen the movement.
Thank you @aamir_khan for the valuable support to the movement to eliminate usage of single use plastic.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 28, 2019
Your encouraging words will inspire others to strengthen the movement as well. https://t.co/AwKi1SzXde
The push against plastic also found a supporter in Karan Johar who took to Twitter to similarly post on the movement.
The initiative by our honourable Prime minister @narendramodi to eliminate the usage of “single use plastic “is formidable and as citizens of not just our incredible nation but also of the world we have to support this extremely important cause ....our environment defines us.....— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 28, 2019
During his latest Mann Ki Baat address, the Prime Minister had said , "This year, on Gandhi Jayanti, when we celebrate Bapu's 150th birth anniversary, we shall not only dedicate to him an India that is open defecation-free but also shall lay the foundation of a new revolution against plastic, by people themselves, throughout the country." He added that people from all strata of the society should celebrate Gandhi Jayanti this year as a day to make "Mother India plastic-free".