Government to urge officials to avoid plastic bags

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 14, 2015-

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE) has decided to ask all government officials not to use polythene bags in their day-to-day life.

During a follow-up meeting held on Wednesday to discuss progress made towards declaring Kathmandu Valley a plastic free zone by mid-April this year, the authorities decided to write to the Prime Minister’s Office to make all government employees to commit themselves not to use and make others use plastic bags within their office premises and beyond.

The meeting was organised by a committee formed to coordinate and effectively implement the decision taken by the Parliamentary Committee on Environment Protection to make the Valley a plastic free zone. Participants of the meeting discussed action plans and measures to effectively implement the plan.

According to Mahendra Gurung, MoSTE spokesperson, the ministry is focusing on various measures and interventions to ensure the effective implementation of the plan.

“We are talking with various partners on environment-friendly alternatives to plastic bags so that people find it more convenient,” he said.

The meeting further decided to request the Ministry of Home Affairs to prohibit the use of plastic pouch during the upcoming Holi. People widely use plastic pouches to fill water and colours to celebrate the festival across the country. Similarly, the government has also decided to promote publicity materials to discourage plastic bag use.

The Department of Environment under the MoSTE will send an environment monitor along with teams of the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies for market monitoring.

Published: 15-01-2015 09:47

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