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Mnp govt to stop use of polythene for saplings bags

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 3 | Publish Date: 7/3/2019 11:53:55 AM IST
Manipur forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar on Wednesday announced a total ban on use of polythene bags for making plant/tree saplings the state from next year.
He added that from the next year plastics will be replaced by biodegradable material for making saplings in the nurseries under the state forest department.
He informed that the step has to be taken up complying with a circular from the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC).
The ministry directed all the state governments to ensure any further use of polythene bags in nurseries, Shyamkumar said and added that officials of the state forest department have been instructed to ensure nurseries under them go plastic-free from the next planting season.
The forest departments has also been directed to explore alternatives to raise seedlings, the minister informed.
The forest and environment minister was talking to media today during a tree plantation programme at Ngariyan Ching in Imphal East district.
Regarding the tree plantation programme, Shyamkumar said that the tree plantation programme was organised as an initiative to save the environment and to motivate the farmers of the state. 
Lauding all the stakeholders for participating in the mass plantation programme which were being held across the state in collaboration with the forest department, he said he was immensely proud and happy to see the participation from the people from different walks of life to save the environment.
Making an earnest appeal to the people of the state to support the Green Manipur Mission launched by the state chief minister recently, the minister hoped that the support of the people will continue and the forest department officials and other stakeholders will be able to nurture the trees till the maturity. 
The tree plantation programme held on Wednesday was also a part of the week long Van Mohatsava 2019 celebration.

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