|Early Times Report|
Kathua, Sept 16: Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj under the campaign today flagged off a 'Swachhta Rath', to spread the message of plastic waste free district, which will cover the length and breadth of Kathua.
District Development Commissioner, Dr. Raghav Langer was the chief guest on this occasion. At the outset, Dr. Langer hailed the participants and urged every stakeholder to participate in this national campaign. He informed that from 11 September to 1 October awareness regarding plastic waste will be generated across the towns and villages. Shramdaan for general swachhata and preparation for collection, disposal of plastic waste will be discussed in this period.
On 2 October, for the Swachhta hi Sewa campaign, everyone will undertake Shramdaan and ensure the collection of plastic waste on and around his surroundings.
From 3 October to 27 October, District Administration will recycle the collected plastic waste in Cement industries, Brick kilns and Hot mix plants, DDC informed and further added that Bio degradable waste must be segregated at source as it breaks down naturally with exposure to microorganisms, heat and oxygen when recycled in a soak pit and can be used as manure.
DDC also said that awareness generation activities are to be carried at every corner of the district to prevent the use of plastic and NCC, NSS and NYK volunteers have significant role in sensitizing the populace through different activities.
Urban Local bodies also have crucial role in eliminating plastic from town through cleanliness drives and promoting alternative material for plastic. Later, DDC also participated in a Swachhta rally along with Swachhta rath from DC Office complex to Shaheedi Chowk. Enroute, DDC advised the shopkeepers to shun the use of plastic and motivated them to use bags made of cloths and other bio degradable substances.
Two shops, adjacent to BDO Kathua office were tagged for the sale of Handicraft/Handloom products besides bags made of jute and cloth.
A pledge on this occasion was also administered by the ACD to all the participants. ACD, Sukhpal Singh, ACR, Devinder Paul, DEPO, Aruna Sharma, CEO and EOs of Municipal Committees, BDOs, Dy DEO and students in large number participated in this event.