Prakash Javedkar, Union Environment Minister ( Courtesy: Facebook)
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New Delhi:

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday announced a campaign to make India single-use plastic-free. The minister has announced a series of meetings through twitter, with all the stakeholders to give “thrust to the campaign”.

“In response to the call made by PM @narendramodi today, we will launch a massive campaign to make India single use plastic free.
We will hold series of meetings with all the stakeholders to give thrust to the campaign to make India single use plastics free,” his tweet reads.

During the Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi encouraged people to avoid single-use plastic and promoted the usage of jute and cloth bags to protect the environment.

According to the Environment Ministry, about 20,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day in the country and out of which only 13,000-14000 tonnes are collected, reported News 18.

“During my 2014 speech, I spoke about cleanliness. It became a movement in the country and the common man took it up with gusto. Today, I have another request. By October 2, on the birth anniversary of Dear Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi), I want to urge the citizens to give up single-use plastic,” Modi said.

 

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