Mapusa: Mapusa MLA Joshua D’Souza has said that there is a need for a behavioural change towards the single-use plastic and added that just by saying no to plastic will not help much in the fight against plastic menace.
“We have to change our behaviour towards plastic and same needs to be reminded to avoid single-use plastic,” stated D’ Souza at a programme held in Mapusa on Wednesday.
The Mapusa Municipal Council in association with Bharat Scouts and Guides’ Bardez District Association on Wednesday held an awareness campaign in the municipal wards under ‘Refuse Disposable Plastic’ programme.
Students went house-to-house to create awareness among the general public. At the concluding function, chairperson of Mapusa Municipal Council Ryan Braganza administered oath to all students and others present on refusal of disposable plastic.
Even a two-minute silence was observed as a tribute to Padma Shri Suresh Amonkar by the students and dignitaries.
Addressing the gathering, MLA D’Souza said that “plastic is a global problem that is not only contaminating water bodies, but also has its presence in our food that we consume. There is change in attitude happening towards plastic as the people are now using eco-friendly items as an alternative to plastic. There is a need for us to take examples from other states and countries and try to implement it in Goa.”
Director of municipal administration Dr Tariq Thomas appealed to the students to discard the habit of using plastic and ask parents to carry bags from home.
“It is very important that we all work towards reducing plastic. Students should ask parents to carry a bag from home and then there will be no need to buy new bag and as a result shopkeepers will also not sell plastic bags,” Dr Thomas added.
Chairperson of Mapusa Municipal Council Ryan Braganza said that “municipality at its level has been working towards curbing sale of plastic bags. Awareness is being created and even enforcement is being done, however, the problem still exists and, hence, government’s cooperation is required to make it successful.”
District chief commissioner Shirish Divkar welcomed the gathering and vice president Sudhir Kandolkar thanked everyone.
Dr Sidney Pinto de Rosario, Ashish Shirodkar, president of Mapusa Merchant Association and councillors were also present.