PM Modi Helps Ragpickers; Gives Message To Reduce Plastic Usage

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In the aim to promote plastic-free India, PM Modi on Wednesday stepped into the shoes of a ragpicker and separated plastic from trash during his Mathura visit

Written By Misha Bhatt | Mumbai | Updated On:

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".

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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.

READ: PM Modi: 'Time for the world to say goodbye to single-use plastic'

During his rally from the Red Fort last month, on the occasion of Independence Day, PM Modi had urged the citizens to cut out single-use plastic completely. "Can we free India from single-use plastic? The time for implementing such an idea has come. May teams be mobilised to work in this direction. Let a significant step be made on October 2," PM Modi appealed while addressing the nation on the Independence Day.

READ: PM Modi goes to war against single-use plastics, makes strong appeal

Plastic Waste Management Rules (2016) ammended

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. 

Aim to make India plastic-free by 2022

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.

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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.

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(With inputs from ANI)


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