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Dr Jitendra convenes meeting of Ministers, MPs for their views

Post by on Saturday, July 23, 2022

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New Delhi, July 22: Union Minister of State, Dr Jitendra Singh Friday convened a meeting of Union Ministers and Members of Parliament from coastal States of the country for their views about the ongoing countrywide Coastal CleanUp Campaign launched by the Ministry of Earth Sciences from 5th July, 2022.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, this is a mass campaign and sought everybody's view as to how best to further strengthen the campaign which has already caught the imagination of the masses and the nation.
He said, the Ministry of Earth Sciences is spearheading it but at the same time seeking "whole of government" approach.
Among the Ministers, BhupenderYadav, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Jal Shakti Minister,MansukhMandaviya,Minister of Health and Family Welfare, ParshottamRupala, Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying,VMuraleedharan,Minister of State for External Affairs, L. MuruganMoS attended meeting along with MPs from large number of coastal States attended the meeting.
A brief presentation was also made. A mobile app “Eco Mitram” has been launched to spread awareness about the campaign and also for the common people for voluntary registration for the beach cleaning activity on the 17th September 2022. Through this campaign, a mass behavioural change among the masses is intended by raising awareness about how plastic usage is destroying our marine life.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed the Central Ministers and MPs that 75 days long campaign launched from 5th to raise awareness about “SwachhSagar, SurakshitSagar” will culminate on "International Coastal Clean-up Day" on 17th September 2022. He said, on 17th April, which incidentally is also birthday of Prime Minister NarendraModi celebrated as “SewaDiwas” in the country, a massive clean-up drive will be carried out at 75 beaches across the country with 75 volunteers for every kilometre of the coastline. He also added that this year’s event also coincides with the celebrations of AzadiKaAmritMahotsav in 75th year of the country’s independence.
All the participants in the meeting supported the idea of Dr Jitendra Singh to achieve the target to remove 1,500 tonnes of garbage, mainly single use plastic from the sea coasts on 17th September by mobilising more than 75,000 people, students, civil society members and environment activists among others.
In his concluding remarks, Dr Jitendra Singh reminded the Ministers and MPs about the Prime Minister’s address from the ramparts of the Red Fort on 15th August, 2019, when he called upon the countrymen, “Remembering revered Bapu, we should move out of home collecting single-use plastic from homes, streets, chowks, and drains. Municipalities, Municipal corporations, Gram Panchayat should make arrangements to collect single-use plastic. Can we take the first big step on 2nd October, towards making India free from single-use plastic”? Modi also requested start-up organizations, technicians and entrepreneurs to see what could be done to recycle this plastic and at the same time urged the people to promote jute and cloth bags.

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