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CG to Promote Dona-Pattal in Weddings, in an effort to reduce single-use plastic.

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Raipur. To reduce the use of single-use plastics, the Chhattisgarh government will promote Dona-Patal at weddings. Caterers and wedding venues will be identified in all divisional headquarters. In addition, technical assistance will be provided to make Dona-pattal more cost-effective. In the task force meeting, Chief Secretary Amitabh Jain emphasised the importance of finding practical alternatives to single-use plastic.

The industrial institutions and departments received instructions to investigate the alternatives to single-use plastic and the possibilities of implementing the best practical methods during the first meeting of the task force formed under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary.

The Chief Secretary directed the implementation of the action plan following the Central Government’s guidelines for single-use plastic. The heads of offices are to undertake the necessary steps to ensure that all state government offices are free of single-use plastic. Similarly, the Industries Department and the Urban Administration and Development Department got directed to compile a list of industries that violate single-use plastic regulations and register recycler brand owners and single-use plastic producers.

At this meeting, the members decided to enlist the service of a research institute for technical assistance in promoting Dona pattal and other minor forest produce as an option to single-use plastic. Instructions have been issued to adopt best practices in the state of Chhattisgarh by visiting leading states to find alternatives for single-use plastics and taking necessary action to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of products such as Dona-pattal, among others. The Chief Secretary instructed to promote the use of Dona Patal as an alternative to single-use plastic by labelling wedding halls and caterers in all divisional headquarters.

In addition, to carry bags, the Chhattisgarh government has banned short-lived PVC and chlorinated plastics, such as advertising and promotional materials (PVC banners, flakes, hoardings, foam boards, etc.) and plastic food items (cups, etc.). Glass, plates, bowls, and spoons are no longer manufactured, stored, imported, sold, transported, or used in Chhattisgarh.

A task force has been formed under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary to prepare a detailed action plan for the State Government’s eradication of single-use plastic. Members of this committee include the Secretary of Housing and Environment, the Secretary of Commerce and Industry, the Secretary of Panchayat and Rural Development, the Secretary of Urban Administration and Development, and the Member Secretary of the Chhattisgarh Environment Protection Board.

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