Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday stepped into the shoes of the ragpickers who segregate plastic from trash on daily basis. PM Modi was in Mathura today for the inaugration of National Animal Disease Control Programme. PM Modi also promoted the Anti-Plastic drive at the UNCCD-COP 14 summit in Greater Noida yesterday. While addressing the summit, he said, "Time has come for even the world to say goodbye to it".
During his visit to Uttar Pradesh today, he was seen sitting down on a brown crate with a few women ragpickers. PM Modi was seen interacting with the women and he also got engaged in segregating plastic from the garbage. This was done to send out a message across the nation to put an end to the use of single-use plastic.
As we begin ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ and pledge to reduce single use plastic, I sat down with those who segregate plastic waste.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 11, 2019
I salute them for their hardwork and contribution towards fulfilling Bapu’s dream. pic.twitter.com/3ARJ2CenZH
To make the intiative succesful, important ammendments were also made by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the Plastic Waste Management Rules (2016). As per the new laws, manufacturers, sellers, and suppliers of plastic (and plastic products) across the country will now be asked to eleminate plastic made products within next two years.
To promote the message of boycotting plastic, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also launched a campaign anthem to make India plastic-free by 2022. Ministry of Health is also making efforts to spread awareness about the management and recycling ecosystem across India.
At the UNCCD-COP 14 Summit in Greater Noida yesterday, PM Modi also called on global leaders to follow India's decision to ban single-use plastic.
"I would like to draw your attention to another land degradation; it is the menace of plastic waste. My government has announced that, India will put an end to single-use plastic in coming years. The time has come for the world to say goodbye to single-use plastic," PM Modi stated at the UNCCD-COP 14.
(With inputs from ANI)