New Delhi, Oct 1 : Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday administered the swachhata pledge to the Ministry officials, reaffirming the commitment of the government and the Ministry employees to be facilitators and enablers of this massive campaign to eliminate ‘single use plastics’ both in the official and personal sphere of life.
The ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign 2019 was held by the Ministry from September 11 to October 2, this year with the theme -- to create awareness and make India free of ‘Single Use Plastics’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, had called for a campaign to make India free of single use plastics from October 2, 2019, which is the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He shared this resolve in his address to the UN General Assembly on September 27.
During the ceremony, Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar briefly highlighted the steps taken by the five departments under the Ministry to minimize and eliminate ‘Single Use Plastics’ in its’ day-to-day functioning. He said the Ministry has replaced plastic water bottles provided to officials and in meetings with glass water bottles and tumblers which are refillable.
They have also replaced plastic folders with recycled paper folders and other environment -friendly and biodegradable material. (UNI)