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Campaign to transform Mangaldai into a plastic-free town
Correspondent
 MANGALDAI, Sept 11 - The Mangaldai Municipal authority as a part of its six-week-long cleanliness public campaign “Swacchatai Seva” under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) on Wednesday organised a public meeting against the use of single-use plastic goods like the polythene carrybags here at the Sainik Bhawan.

While inaugurating the meeting, Mangaldai Legislator Gurujyoti Das highlighted the planning of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government to make our towns free from using any dustbins by transforming the garbage into some useful products.

Hemashri Khanikar, Executive Officer, Mangaldai Municipal Board in her deliberation with the help of the audio visual media underlined how Ambikapur in Chattisgarh became the cleanest city in India with the help of local women SHGs. The meeting presided over by Manik Sil Sarma, chairman of the local civic body was also addressed by several other speakers including vice-chairman Jinkul Ali, Bijay Kr Sarma, an official from the Mangaldai Public Health Engineering Department, senior citizens Dr Brajen Bhattacharya, Mati Medhi, Samak Kalita, Bhuvaneswar Das and journalist Mayukh Goswami.

The speakers discussed several relevant issues related to the refuse, reduce, reuse and recycling of the plastic goods, public health hazards due to unscientific garbage disposal mechanism of a section of medical diagnostic centres, drawing of the garbage from the municipal dustbins by straying cattle, misuse of the public dustbins by a section of citizens, progress of the ongoing scientific fecal sludge management mechanism of the Board in joint collaboration with a Switzerland-based organisation and a local NGO and the proposed programme for door-to-door collection of the segregated garbage against a daily fee of rupees two from each household.

Later talking to this correspondent, Amulya Saharia, Assistant Engineer of the Board said, “This will be followed by public awareness meetings in each of the ten wards of the municipality and necessary training programmes for the SHGs through their Area Level Federations (ALF)”.

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