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CM asks corporate houses to shun use of plastic bags and bottles

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Raghubar seeks support to make Jharkhand free from plastic

Jamshedpur: Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Sunday sought help from corporate houses to make the State free from plastic menace. Addressing a CSR review meeting at district headquarters, Das said that the corporate houses must shun use of plastic bags and bottles at their respective premises and also encourage people at its operational areas to make city as well as the state plastic free.

Das said work being done by industrialists under corporate social responsibility in various fields for society is certainly admirable. Under the CSR, the decision to spend 1 per cent in priority areas set by the state government is taken by the CSR Council at the state level. He added that the corporates must ensure that within five months the target will be fulfilled.

“We need to focus on establishing CCTV cameras in urban areas, supplying clean drinking water in rural areas and specially focused towards making the district free from plastic,” noted Das.

The CM said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a clarion call to the people of the country to make India clean on October 2, 2019, on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
“The state government has decided that this target will be achieved by 2 October 2018 and the state government is working in this direction,” said the CM.

Das said Jharkhand is the most prosperous state in terms of natural wealth but it still has problems like poverty and malnutrition. He said the government is working towards resolving this stigma and is working towards it.
The CM asked the representatives to give priority to the supply of clean drinking water to tackle malnutrition and contaminated water borne diseases. He also called upon corporate houses to set up CCTV cameras for the protection of law and order in the urban areas. The responsibility of corporate sector is also to contribute in infrastructure development projects, said the CM.

On the call of the CM, various industrialists assured the establishment of CCTV cameras in urban areas and plastic bags and bottles among their establishments and employees and ensure clean drinking water supply in remote villages of Potka and Dumariya.

After the meeting, East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar said various companies of the district and Aditypur area have been asked to supply clean drinking water, install CCTV cameras and shun use of plastic bags, bottles. The task is to be completed in five months, said the DC.

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