IMPHAL : Chief minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday announced that his government is planning to impose a complete ban on the use of plastic. A notice instructing shopkeepers to replace plastic with alternative materials within three months will be issued by the government soon, he added.
Speaking at a World Environment Day event at Luwangsangbam, which comes under Heingang, his home constituency in Imphal East, Biren said, “This is part of the government’s efforts towards imposing a complete ban on use and sale of plastic in the state.”
Expressing concern over the increasing health hazards triggered by environmental degradation and pollution, the CM said voluntary organisations willing to take up waste management activities in their respective localities will be provided financial assistance by the government. The campaign against pollution can be successful only when people extend collective co-operation to the government, he added.
Biren also informed that a 7-km stretch of water passage at Yangoi Maril, which had been choked with a huge volume of plastic waste accumulated over the last three to four decades, has been cleaned recently.
Public health engineering minister L Dikho said Manipur is a wonderful creation of God and it is the responsibility of the people to protect the beauty of the state. Agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian, referring to the threat of global warming, said it is time people take a pledge to protect the environment.
At the observance organized by the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), the CM unveiled a plaque to mark launching of a Cherry Blossom Avenue, where he, along with dignitaries, planted cherry blossom saplings. Hordes of NGOs, local clubs, government agencies also observed the day across the state.