Manipur forest and environment minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar watering a sapling as part of Van Mohatsava 2019 at Imphal East on Wednesday

Imphal: In a bid to fight against plastic pollution widely prevalent in the state, the Manipur government is all set to ban the use of plastic for plant saplings in nurseries by next year.

Speaking at a tree plantation programme at Ngariyan Ching in Imphal East on Wednesday, Manipur forest and environment minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar said: “There will be a total ban on the use of polythene bags for plant saplings.”

According to reports, the decision was taken by the forest department following a circular from the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC), directing all the state governments to ensure no further use of polythene bags in nurseries.

Forest officials have been instructed to ensure that nurseries under them go plastic-free from the next planting season. They have also been told to look for alternatives such as bio-degradable materials to raise seedlings, the minister said.

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While observing a week-long Van Mohatsava 2019 celebration, the minister also appealed the people of the state to be vocal and support the ‘Green Manipur Mission’ which was recently launched by chief minister N Biren Singh.

Green Manipur Mission, which is a brainchild of CM Biren Singh, was introduced to develop and protect forests in each and every village of the state and join the global fight against global warming.

According to the report, an open gym each worth Rs 5 to 6 lakh will be installed as an incentive in all the villages, which are willing to set aside at least five acres of land for development of forest under the mission.

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