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New Delhi:

Lok Sabha Secretariat has banned the use of non-reusable plastic including pet bottles and other plastic items within the Parliament House Complex with effect from Tuesday.

All officers and staff of the Secretariat are asked to obey the instruction and are adviced to carry environment-friendly/ biodegradable bags/materials instead.

“This initiative by the Lok Sabha Secretariat is a step towards the call by the Prime Minister to the nation to make the country free from plastics,” it said.

In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had requested citizens to abandon the use of single-use plastic and take important steps to achieve this objective by October 2, when the country celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

“Can we free India from single-use plastic? The time for implementing such an idea has come. May teams be mobilised to work in this direction. Let a significant step be made on October 2,” he said in his speech.

“We should take the first important step to bid a goodbye to plastic,” the PM had said. He invited start-ups to recycle plastic and develop technologies for the use of recycled plastic.

He also said that the use of paper or cloth bags would generate employment, reported India News portal.

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