In a major push to PM Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat campaign, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday announced a Rs 5,000 fine on the people found to be buying/selling plastic bags, ANI reported. The Chief Minister held citizens responsible for the dirt in cities, and added that people forget their duties. “From July heavy fine up to Rs 5,000 will be imposed on all those who sell and buy plastic bags,” Manohar Parrikar said. “Citizens responsible for making cities dirty, forget their duties. Govt wl start garbage collection workstations along highways,” Parrikar added. “We need to do away with plastic bags. From July onwards if we find anyone selling or buying plastic bags he will have to pay the fine,” he said at a function. Parrikar also appealed the people to use cloth bags while out shopping, as it used to be the practice before plastic bags came in a big way.
“The fine won’t be a meagre amount. It will be hefty. It might be up to Rs 5,000 (each time). We might give some relaxation in the beginning in terms of the amount of fine, but we are strictly going to implement the ban,” Press Trust of India reported. Parrikar, further said that state government cannot perform if citizens behave irresponsibly. “We expect the government to provide clean cities. However, we keep on throwing garbage on the roadside,” he said.
“We have now provided work stations to collect garbage on the highways. I appeal to people to hand over their garbage at these work stations rather than just throwing it on the roadside,” Parrikar said. Speaking about Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ (clean India) initiative, Parrikar said that initiative is picking up across the country. “There were certain elements who initially mocked the concept. But if you see now, the people have started talking about it and working for Swachh Bharat,” he said.