|‘Plastic ban in the offing’|
MANGALDAI, June 4 - On the eve of the celebration of World Environment Day, the Minister of State for Health and Urban Development, Piyush Hazarika has hinted on banning the use of plastics in the towns of the State. The minister was talking to the media in Kharupetia on Tuesday on the sidelines of his official programmes.
He said that the process of enforcing a ban on the use of plastics has already started and letters issued to the authorities of all the civic bodies across the State to make the necessary arrangements. “The government has already started the process and in this connection, letters have been issued to all the civic bodies to do their part. We are also going to introduce an Act in this regard. However, the most important is public awareness,” Hazarika reiterated.
Similarly he said that the necessary laws against the throwing of used tobacco’s empty packets, spitting and littering of public places will soon be brought into force and at the same time he stressed public sensitivity as the top priority.
Earlier, the minister ceremonially opened the distribution of revolving fund under Urban Livelihood Mission amounting to Rs 25,000 each to a total of 55 SHGs under Kharupetia Municipality Board and also inaugurated the first out of the 625 steel-made new public toilets of the State. The function was also attended by several prominent persons including the newly-elected Mangaldai LS MP Dilip Saikia, MLA Gurujyoti Das and Chairperson of Kharupetia Municipal Board Krishna Saha among others.