With the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi being just days away, PM Narendra Modi in his fourth edition of 'Mann Ki Baat' urged the youth to take to Plogging (Running and cleaning the environment) to further the cause of no Single Use Plastic. PM Modi had announced the campaign against Single Use Plastic and has been encouraging citizens to participate in the movement. He spoke to Ripu Daman Bevli, who is known as the 'Plogman of India' about Plogging and how it helps reduce Single Use Plastic. Watch the video above for the full conversation between PM Modi and Ripudaman Bevli.
PM Modi reminded people of their pledges to make India free from Single Use Plastic. He also said that people can help in this cause by participating in the Fit India Movement, a part of which is an activity called Plogging. Plogging means cleaning while going for a run. The activity has grabbed eyeballs due to its fun nature of dealing with undisposed waste.
"It is a matter of pride for the world, that all 130 crore Indians have decided to make the country plastic-free on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The world is watching as we take steps towards conservation of the environment. I am assured that on October 2, you will be part of the movement for prevention of single-use of plastic. A youth, Ripu Daman Bevli has started a unique movement called Plogging," PM Modi said.
PM Modi spoke to Ripu Daman Bevli about Plogging. Bevli is known for his massive Plogging drives. PM Modi asked him to expound on the activity of plogging and how it helps in getting rid of Single Use Plastic. Bevli spoke about his initiatives for the no Single Plastic Use with PM Modi, read it below.
"Instead of cribbing and complaining about garbage around me, I decided to do something. Its a run and clean up movement. We ask those who are in running groups to clean up around themselves during their cooling activities. Since youth want something cool to get inspired, I thought this activity could help," he said.
"My initiative is to called Run To Make India Litter Free. When you remove garbage you also remove plastic from the environment. There is individual responsibility. We also asked them which single-use plastic they will remove from their life permanently. I am running 1,000 km through 50 cities. We are also using a cool hashtag called #PlasticUpvas," he said.