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Government schools in Jamshedpur to be ‘no plastic zones’ from Oct 2

Jamshedpur: Government schools in the district will be ‘no plastic zones’ from October 2, as the country would celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Government schools have received a directive by director, Jharkhand Education Project Council (JEPC) Uma Shankar Singh   to celebrate ‘Swachhata hi Seva’, by organising  a two week campaign on raising awareness against the of single use plastic and promoting cleanliness in school campuses.

The students will be made to shun use of plastic bags, food packaging, bottles, straws, containers, cups and cutlery are some of the single use plastic that are rampantly used and aren’t biodegradable.

The directive have asked schools including students and teachers to raise awareness against the use of single use plastic in the community. Block education extension officers and block education officers have

been asked to raise the awareness in block level offices.

The nodal teacher of each school will ensure celebration of Swachhata Diwas, meeting among child cabinets, hand washing activity and working to eradicate plastic from school premises. School students and teachers will also engage the community to carry out cleanliness activities between September 20 to 24.

The country is set to impose a nationwide ban on any kind of single-use plastic � such as plastic bags, cups, and straws from October 2, 2019, in its most sweeping measure yet to stamp out the harmful single-use plastics from cities and villages that rank among the world’s most polluted, an official MHRD notification said. Under the Swachhata Pakhwada 2019 � a 15-day clean-up initiative taken up by the government, which has already begun on September 1, the ministry has asked all schools across the country to avoid the usage of single-use plastics outside and within the premises of the educational institutions in all states and Union Territories. Along with this, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has also issued guidelines to higher education institutions across the country to impose a ban on single-use plastic.

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