Silchar: The random use of plastic products by people in general is playing havoc with environment, human and animal life. Despite continuous awareness programmes against the harmful effects of plastic, its use continues, a worrisome phenomenon for the district and civic authorities. Still the drive against the use of plastics has to be kept up until the goal of zero use is achieved. To carry forward the mission, the district administration of Cachar in cooperation with NGO Hriday organised an awareness programme for girl students of Netaji Vidya Bhavan High School of this town on Tuesday.
NGO Hriday distributed bags of cotton among the students in order to motivate them to say good bye to plastics and spread the message to others. Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, Laya Madduri, said use of plastics pollutes environment and disturbs our ecology badly. After the use of plastics, these are thrown as garbage into the drainage system. This obstructs the flow of water and chokes the drain. This leads to overflow of drain water and artificial flood, affecting normal life.
Still harmful is the consumption of plastics by cattle which proves fatal to their life. This has become quite common. Cows consuming plastic garbage are often seen with swollen belly, leading to their death. The advice of Laya Madduri to the students is to use eco friendly cotton bags She administered them oath to pledge not to use plastics any more and to repeat, ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ plastics and waste materials.
If students can take the lead, it will change the mindset of common people. This way, as the Deputy Commissioner pointed out, “We can make our environment beautiful by totally avoiding the use of plastic products.” She at the same time explained about solid and liquid waste material. Wastes are to be treated as income generating resources. Others who addressed the students on the important social subject included Gyanjyoti Dutta, president of Hriday, Dr Siddartha Bhattachajee, president of Rotary Club, and Debanjan Mukherjee, Head Master of the School.
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