Paper bags distributed in Wokha

Paper bags distributed in Wokha
President WDCCI, Renbonthung Ezung, TM chief, M James Tungoe along with the team during the distribution programme.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/26/2019 11:10:52 AM IST

Wokha District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WDCCI) along with Team Metamorphosis (TM) and SHGs led by WDCCI president, Renponthung Ezung and chief TM, M. James Tungoe distributed paper bags to more than 750 shops on May 25.

In a joint press release WDCCI and Wokha District Entrepreneurs’ Association (WDEA) stated that paper bags were distributed to apprise the shop owners about the ban on plastic bags as per the government notification.

The release informed that the penalty for violating the above order shall be Rs.2000 for the first offence and Rs. 5000 for subsequent offence and after the enforcement, surprise checking and raids will be conducted from July 1 onwards. 

The team thanked the district administration and the Wokha Town Council for the support and its effort towards the implementation and success of the mission of plastic free town and environment- friendly bags.

As per the research conducted by Team Metamorphosis and estimated, around 66,750 plastic bags of different sizes were being circulated every day in Wokha town itself

Taking this into account, the district administration had launched the Paper Bag Project to replace plastic by bags made from papers, clothes etc. 

And under the Beti Pachao Bedi Padao scheme, the administration had initially provided raw materials under the supervision of TM and NRLM with various Self-Help Groups (SHGs) of women, who were trained to market these paper bags in order to get orders regularly from the open market.

This will inturn generate employment for the SHGs and empowered the less privileged to make a positive difference in their lives and to the community, the release stated. 

The focus of the project was to replace plastic bags by newspaper or paper bags, cloth bags firstly in-house (to the extent possible) and secondly, to tap the external market simultaneously. 

It may be noted that Lotha Eloe Hoho has been given the task to initiate producing cloth carry bags as alternative use for plastic bags where the administration has promised to provide ten machines. 

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