Ludhiana | NGO launches weekly protests to enforce plastic bag ban
A Jalandhar-based NGO, Action Group Against Plastic Pollution, will organize weekly protests in Ludhiana on Monday to enforce the ban on plastic bags, which the municipality has failed to implement.
Criticizing the municipality for failing to enforce the statewide ban on plastic carrier bags, imposed five years ago, a Jalandhar-based NGO held a protest outside the MC’s Zone D office on Monday. .
The NGO, Action Group Against Plastic Pollution (AGAPP), will organize demonstrations in the city on Monday. Hoping to start a mass movement against the use of plastic, founding member Navneet Bhullar said: “A weekly protest has already been organized in Jalandhar since November 9th. We will soon be moving to other cities as well. We urge the public to support our movement because it is the first step towards saving the environment. ”
Bhullar, who is a US-based physician, said: “Plastic not only harms the environment, but also affects the health of residents. We submitted several memorandums to local government departments and local authorities in Ludhiana and Jalandhar, but to no avail. In October, we also wrote to the Office of the Chief Minister, but received no response.
The protesters, who brandished slogans such as ‘kisan morcha jitt gaye, asi vee jittangey‘ and ‘polyethylene hatao, dharti, jeevan bachao‘, managed to secure an audience with MC commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal, who reached the office during the protest. “Teams have been set up to monitor the use and sale of plastic bags.
The MC has struggled to enforce the ban, which was imposed in April 2016, due to political interference, especially ahead of the elections, and MC’s campaigns in the past have been a damp firecracker.