Friday, January 27, 2023

Durga Puja to be polythene free this year, administration felicitates puja samitis

Jamshedpur : This year Durga Puja committees will provide bhog pot in jute or cloth bags and also shun use of polythene in every way possible.

Thanks to the District Administration, which has motivated Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti for trying to make this a plastic free puja. On Wednesday, the district public relations department also felicitated four such committees for taking steps in this regard.

East Singhbhum district public relation officer Sanjay Kumar Pandey said that they want to turn Jamshedpur into a plastic free city so that the slogan of ‘Clean city, green city’ suits best. The administration wants to send out a clear message that using bio-degradable materials would only help the environment and make the city green in literal sense.

Although schools, colleges, corporates and the Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board have tried to make cities polythene free, everybody has turned a deaf ear to the cause. So, this is thought to be the best time when the concept can hit the masses.

” Some of the puja samitis at Kadma and Sonari have already taken steps in this regard. We would sit and identify those puja pandals where this initiative can be taken. We would fully co-operate to bring this positive change in the city,”said Rambabu Singh, general secretary, Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti.

A polythene bag is available at 50 p per piece while jute or cloth bags might come between Rs 3 and 4. However, in coming years a solution can also be chalked out on this.

Meanwhile, the district public relations department also issued letters to all private schools for supporting the district administration in its campaign against use of plastics by writing messages against use of plastics both on front and back page of school diaries from next session.

“We have consulted few private schools and have come to know that the publishing of diaries for the next session (2017-18) will begin in October and this has made us issue this letter to all the private schools in city and outskirts,” said Pandey.

For those schools who have already printed diaries for the next academic session the district public relation department will provide stickers which can be pasted on the diaries.

The East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amit Kumar has started a month-long sustained awareness campaign in the district against use of polythene in September in accordance of section V of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, which bans manufacture, sale, storage and usage of plastic bags.

The principal Act was amended in 2008 in which thickness of plastic bags was increased from 20 microns to 40 microns for manufacturers.

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