Officers take cloth bag challenge to banish plastic | Chennai News - Times of India
It invites people to post a photo of the bag they carry with them in the car.
The campaign has now gone viral online, where people improvise and distribute hash tags on \"Take your own Garmin box with you\" and \"make your home Plastic Free.
Tuticorin corporation Commissioner Alby John started the challenge in January 2 after finding out that the cloth bags distributed to employees by his office were not put into use.
I clicked on the photo of the bag in my car and posted it on social media.
I tagged the collector of Tuticorin Sandeep Nandauri and asked him to do the same.
\'I don\'t know it\'s going to be a viral sport,\' said John.
Nandauri challenged senior IAS officials, including disaster management commissioner Rajendra Ratnoo, who accepted the request and posted photos.
I firmly believe that the plastic ban can only be enforced if the behavior changes.
We all know that plastic can do harm, but we may not have instilled the habit of carrying cloth bags.
Through this event, we tried to change our view of cloth bags and add pride to them.
When something becomes a trend, people follow it.
Ratnoo said I was very happy when they asked me to post a picture of the bag because I have been carrying a bag in my car for the past decade.
He took it to a new level by posting photos of the metal water bottle and asking people to take the challenge as well.
Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Chief Secretary of Agriculture, accepted the challenge, saying that we must stop environmental degradation.
Unless all sectors of society are involved, the government\'s efforts will not be successful, he said.
Chennai residents, who are challenged like P Roopa, say they are pleased that officials have set an example.
Now that there is a ban, the campaign will help, she said.
Radha M, a resident of Anna Nagar, said that this is not just a matter of cloth bags;
It has become a sport.
\"We have removed 90% of the plastic items at home and replaced it with glass, wood or metal items,\" she said . \".
IAS aspirant Harish ML released photos of the Garmin box he started carrying with him, saying he wanted to take the ban to a new level.
Shambu Kallolikar, environment minister of Tamil Nadu, said the campaign was a creative way to get people involved.
Such activities have also led to awareness, discussion and debate on the topic, he said.
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