Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has taken to Twitter to applaud the efforts of the Kayaking and Canoeing players as they performed plogging run.
Our Kayaking and Canoeing players doing the #PloggingRun. Many other Sports Federations are also doing it regularly inspired by hon'ble PM @narendramodi ji to carry forward the #FitIndiaMovement as well as #SwachhBharat pic.twitter.com/yva6eg38Nu— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) October 18, 2019
Plogging is an exercise, a combination of jogging along with picking up litter. Plogging originated as an organised activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries around 2018 due to the increased concern about plastic pollution. The activity serves the purpose of exercising the body by jogging, bending, squatting and stretching while picking up litter along the route.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to Tamil Nadu for the informal summit with Chinese President, performed the activity on the beach of Mahabalipuram in order to lead by example for the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'. As the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' has been a storm in the country, doubled by Prime Minister's concern towards increasing plastic pollution, several people across the country have become sensitive to the issue of plastic pollution.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on several occasions has highlighted the concern of increasing plastic pollution and the hazards it causes to the environment. While addressing a gathering at the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, PM Modi pledged to end the use of single-use plastic in India by the year 2022.
The Union Sports Minister is known to share videos of civilians who are coming up with innovative ways to fight plastic pollution and in turn make way for a plastic-free world. Earlier in the month, Kiren Rijiju had shared a video of a fish-vendor who used leaves instead of plastic bags to sell fishes.
"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