Modi calls for movement against single-use plastic on Gandhi’s birthday

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When the Swacch Bharat programme was launched on Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary in 2014, it was not backed by institutional reforms nor policy change. Photo: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (August 25) pitched for launching a “new mass movement” against single-use plastic from October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

In his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’, the prime minister said when the country observes the 150 birth anniversary of the father of the nation, “we will launch a new mass movement against use of plastic”.

He also called for efforts to ensure proper collection and storage of plastic to save the environment.

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In his Independence Day address, Modi had urged citizens to eliminate single-use plastic and suggested that shopkeepers provide eco-friendly bags to customers.

His push against single-use plastic is being seen as an effort to prevent environmental degradation.

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