Cloth bags distributed to discourage polybag use

Our Correspondent

UNA, SEPTEMBER 23

In view of the ban on the use and sale of one-time use plastic material from October 2, the district administration has decided to distribute one lakh cloth bags to households so as to educate the people against the use of polythene bags.

Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar said 1,100 bags were distributed by Rural Development Minister Virender Kanwar among beneficiaries of various government schemes today. The bags, made of durable fabric material, were being stitched by Self-Help Groups and supported by the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA). He said that the material and cost of stitching was being provided by the district administration.

Appealing to people to use biodegradable bags, Sandeep Kumar said the polythene bags at Chintpurni temple for ‘prasad’ had been banned and shopkeepers had been told to pack ‘prasad’ in leaf cups.

The Deputy Commissioner said that the District Sanitation Fund had been created for implementing the sanitation campaign. He called upon the people to support the efforts of the state government and save environment from further degradation caused by the use of non-biodegradable plastic material.