On a drive to make India clean Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swach Bharat Mission in 2nd October 2014. To aid to this mission, now he has taken steps to ban the single use plastic (SUP) and march towards the goal of making India greener and cleaner. Taking inspiration from his vision, a village called Belona, located in the Bajali subdivision of Barpeta district has set an example of clean and green village and it aims to go to the national level to make a name and set the example far and wide for its cleanliness.

A few years back the people residing in this village decided to go plastic free and efforts are put to make the village an ideal example of cleanliness and greenery. Their dreams got colours when in 2016 Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal declared Belona as the clean and green village in Assam.

A video is shared by the Government of Assam which visualizes the steps taken by the local residents to make it a model village in the future and make it plastic free. The women have played a pivotal role in this campaign. They gather in the village to make newspaper bags which they distribute to the shops and other business establishments in and around Pathsala town.

The women have played a pivotal role in this campaign. They gather in the village to make newspaper bags which they distribute to the shops and other business establishments in and around Pathsala town.

“Our village is 100 per cent plastic-free and if someone is seen using plastic we fined a sum 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.” a local resident is heard saying in the video.

It is also seen that the residents of the village are fully aware of the ill effects of plastic and the need for going green. One local resident mentioned that plastic is a threat to the environment and if people want to live a long and healthier life, they should completely ban using plastic products and plant more trees.

The Prime Minister is likely to ban the use of single use plastic (SUP) from 2nd October, 2019 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. This step is taken after 5 years of launching the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and it will definitely give a boost yo the mission and make people aware of the harmful effects of using plastic.

Pic credit- my gov assam

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