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KCR government bans single-use plastic in Telangana

KCR government bans single-use plastic in Telangana :- The Telangana state government has decided to ban the use of plastic and manufacturing of plastic goods in the state. On Thursday, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced that the government has decided to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic, which is harming the environment and even putting the very existence of life in danger.

KCR government bans plastic in Telangana

As we all know that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently talked tough against single-use plastic. Days after his appeal, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has also declared on Thursday that single-use plastic would be banned in Telangana. His decision comprises of ban of manufacturing as well as sale of plastic, which is harming the environment and even putting the very existence of life in danger.

At a meeting, while reviewing the implementation of 30 days action plan which was taken up to make villages clean and green with the district collectors and panchayat raj officer along with the senior officers and ministers at Pragathi Bhavan, the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao directed the officials to prepare guidelines for banning plastic use and also the production of plastic goods in Telangana and place it before the state government.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao

The announcement of the ban by KCR was declared during the collectors’ conference at Pragati Bhavan. He has also instructed the officials in order to arrange guidelines for implementing ban on use along with manufacturing of plastic products in the state and place it before the state government.

According to an official release from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), a decision banning plastic will be taken at the Cabinet meeting to be convened shortly.

Previously in the day, an official release from the Chief Minister’s Office said: “The chief minister has decided to ban plastic products as they harm the environment… The CM asked officials to prepare guidelines for this.”

While studying the implementation of 30 days action plan which was taken up in order to make the villages clean and green with the district collectors as well as panchayatraj officer together with the senior officers and ministers at Pragathi Bhavan, Mr Rao stated that the implementing of the ban on plastic in the state has been deliberated at the Cabinet meeting.

While informing that each collector will be provided with Rs. 2 crore funds to spend the amount for taking up emergency works for the village development and sanitation works, he asked the collectors to give special focus where there is less forestry while spending Rs. 2 crores as per their discretion. Mr. Rao appreciated the centricity department which has stood at number one position in the 30-day special plan drive program and instructed that three-phase power should be available in the Tribal areas, Thandas and Gudems.

The Palle Pragathi special programme held for a month i.e., 30 days in the villages state-wide to recover greenery as well as cleanliness has been a grand victory, he upheld.

The officials on the other hand are expected to submit their report to the chief minister with the modalities of the ban within three or four days. The issue might possibly be brought up in the next Cabinet meeting along with this the government might also take a decision on a ban.

Mr. Rao also constituted a three-member Committee with senior IAS officers Somesh Kumar, Raghu-nandan Rao, and Ajay Mishra to monitor power supply activities in the villages.

Stating that yearly and five-year plans are ready as well as the green plan, Mr. Rao said that the district panchayat officers should take the main responsibility that the funds which are released monthly must be utilised properly and bring in the required change in the villages. Mr. Rao suggested that NAREGA funds should be utilised for growing plants, removing the debris and he hoped that adequate employees and funds are given to the villages and hence there should be a change in the villages at least now.

IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao, later in the evening, tweeted: “CM decided that single-use plastic will be banned in Telangana. Next cabinet will resolve to implement across all municipalities and villages I invite suggestions for effective implementation from environmentally conscious citizens.”