This was declared in a programme named ‘Climategiri’ organized by the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh in association by city schools. During the programme Sh. Manoj Parida, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, Smt. Raj Bala Malik, Mayor, Sh. Arun Kumar Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary, Home, Sh. K.K. Yadav, IAS, Commissioner, Sh. Ravi Kant Sharma, Senior Deputy Mayor & area councilor, Sh. Jagtar Singh, Deputy Mayor, councilors and officers of MCC, office bearers of Chandigarh Business Council and other prominent persons of the city.
While addressing the gathering, the Governor said that this step has been taken to encourage the public to avoid the usage of single use plastic not only on Fridays but on all days of the week and to motivate the youth to stop their family members from using single use plastic. The main aim of this step is to completely eliminate the problem of plastic from Chandigarh.
He said that this new step of declaring Fridays as single-use plastic free days will prove to be both a platform for general awareness of the citizens as well as help in changing our behavior and push us towards a healthy lifestyle.
The Governor appreciated the efforts of Municipal Corporation for conducting good awareness programmes besides engaging general public to save the environment. He said that these type of platforms will be provided to the citizens and schools towards elimination of plastic.
The Adviser said that engagement of school students in avoiding single use plastic items is a good initiative and youth can do a lot in behavior change of society. He appreciated the efforts of schools for collecting plastic items through the students and handing over to the MCC for its scientific recycling. He said that this process should be regular affair and Corporation to take necessary action in this regard.
Smt. Raj Bala Malik said that the MCC in association with Education department is organizing competitions like poster making, drawings, slogan writing etc. at school as well as inter- school levels to further highlight the importance of elimination of single use plastic and other topics related to the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ amongst the students.
Earlier, the Commissioner welcomed the Chief Guest and other dignitaries during the programme. he said that a large number of government and private schools have come forth in support of the MCC as more than 140 schools have joined this mega event against the elimination of single use plastic in the city.