With a strong mission to make India free from plastic pollution, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called in to ban Single-Use Plastic (SUP) and tread towards the path of constructing a clean and green India. Taking note from this initiative, Belona, a village in Bajali subdivision of Barpeta district has set an example of a clean and green village and it aims to make a name in the national level for its cleanliness.
Belona village took the initiative to go plastic-free in the last few years and relentless effort of the people has made it an ideal village of cleanliness. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had declared Belona as the clean and green village in the year 2016. Belona is Assam’s first ‘Clean & Green’ village.
A video shared by the Government of Assam shows the initiative taken by this village to make it a model village in the future and also how the locals have clubbed together to make it a plastic and intoxication-free village.
The womenfolk of the village gather to make newspaper bags that are distributed to shops and other business establishments in and around Pathshala town.
In the video, a local is heard saying, “Our village is 100 per cent plastic-free and if someone is seen using plastic we collect a fine of Rs 501. We have also planted tree saplings in and around the village which will make Belona a green village and in the coming years we will be identified as a model village.”
Another local said that plastic is a threat to the environment and if people want to live a long and healthier life, they should completely stop using plastic products and plant more trees.
It may be mentioned that India is likely to impose a nationwide ban on plastics from October 2nd, 2019 as part of Prime Minister Modi’s efforts to reduce the use of pollution-causing SUP.
On October 8th, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people of the Belona who actively ensured swachhata (cleanliness) in their area. ” Very good! Cleanliness powered by community initiatives is always wonderful to see. Congratulations to everyone who has worked on this Swachhata effort,” Modi tweeted.
Photo credit: @mygovassam