As part of Clean India Clean Goa, students of Government College, Quepem distributed paper bags to shopkeepers in Curchorem market appealing them to shun away from the use of plastic bags.
About 120 students under the banner of National Service Scheme (NSS) and under the guidance of NSS coordinator of the collage R G Kulkarni carried on the programme. Curchorem MLA, Nilesh Cabral flagged off the rally from the road beside SUDA market.
Students were accompanied by principal, Jaideep Bhatacharya and programme officer, Sushant Naik.
MLA Cabral appreciated the distribution of paper bags made by students. He said: “The plastic bag and the use of other plastic material causes concern about the public health. The area can only become garbage free if each person keeps his area free of litter and garbage. In the last few years I have employed workers who collect garbage from the market and other areas, and also go door-to-door to collect garbage.”
He asked the college authority to provide information about the paper cutting machine required to make the paper bags to make the process easier and faster.