A man using plastic bags while shopping for vegetables in Imphal, Manipur Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Saturday informed that his BJP-led government has decided to ban single-use plastic in the state.

The announcement was made in Imphal on the first day of ‘Sewa Saptah’, a week-long campaign that is being observed across the country from September 14 to 20 to celebrate the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 17.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the event, Singh said, “We have decided to ban single-use plastic in the state. Moreover, preservation of water and Swachh Bharat campaign will continue throughout the state.”

In June, Singh had also announced that his government is planning to impose a complete on the use of plastic. However, up till now, the efforts are yet to be implemented in the state.

Upon asking the reason, the CM said that as per the norms, there are specific micro levels, because of which we cannot completely ban the use and sale of plastic in the state. “Therefore, I am inviting entrepreneurs of the state for a joint meeting, so that immediately we can replace the single use-plastic by paper bags or cotton bags,” he added.

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Over the years, single-use plastic has been on the spotlight as with the help of environmentalists and stakeholders, more and more people in the state are also opting to reduce their usage. However, since plastics are not biodegrade, it continues to choke several places, especially the waterways of the state.

On the occasion, the CM also informed that preservation of water and cleanliness drives are also part of the campaign. During the week-long campaign, ministers, MLAs and BJP workers will visit places and carried out the awareness campaign on the environment.

As part of a campaign, party workers, including Singh, also came forward and donated blood. According to an official report, the collected blood bank will be used for the needful patients at RIMS Hospital.

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