Manipur chief minister N. Biren on Tuesday said the government will soon impose a ban on the use of polythene bags in the state.
Speaking at the launch of Cherry Blossom Avenue at Luwangshangbam in Imphal East District on the occasion of World Environment Day, the chief minister said that a notice to instruct the shopkeepers to replace plastics with alternative materials within three months would be issued by the government soon.
It is a part of the government’s efforts towards imposing a complete ban on use and sale of plastics in the state, he added.
Expressing serious concern over ever increasing the rate of health hazards caused by pollution and environmental degradation, Mr. N. Biren assured that youth clubs and other voluntary organizations, which are willing to take up waste management activities in their respective localities, would be provided financial assistance by the government.
Informing that some private entrepreneurs had started coming forward with the idea of producing materials which can replace plastic items, the CM observed that campaign against pollution and environment protection would be successful only when people extend collective co-operation to the government.
He also informed the gathering that a 7 km long stretch of Yangoi Maril choked with a huge volume of plastic materials accumulated in the last 30-40 years had been cleaned recently.
Urging the All Manipur DPC Completed Candidates of Police Constable (Male – 2013) to call off their ongoing shut-down agitation, the chief minister contended that the government was trying to declare the results of the police constable recruitment examination held in 2013 as soon as possible.
He added that the government is taking time to study and sort out all the legal matters so that no unnecessary hassle is encountered later on.
Public Health Engineering Minister L. Dikho said that Manipur is a wonderful creation of the God having salubrious climate, beautiful lake, river, valley and hills. As such, it is the responsibility of the people of this land to protect this beauty, he added.