Hailakandi, July 4: Lions Club has launched an awareness programme on the occasion of International Plastic Bag Free Day at Lala town of Hailakandi district.
The day aims to promote the use of eco-friendly items as paper bags or cloth bags instead of plastic bags and get rid of the single-use plastic bags. The awareness meeting held at Rajiv Bhavan in Lala on Saturday was chaired by the President of Lions Club Dilip Kangshabanik. Secretary of the club Nurul Hussain Majumder highlighted the objective of celebrating International Plastic Bag Free Day. In his speech, he highlighted how plastic pollution is harming human health and urged the people to create mass awareness regarding it.
In his presidential speech, Dilip Kangshabanik said that plastic pollution is extremely dangerous and is causing disaster to the biodiversity. So in the interest of future generations, consumers may start using disposable, single-use bags instead of plastic bags. He appealed to the traders to do so.
President of Merchants Association, Bipro Kumar Nath expressed deep concern over the open use of plastic bags in shops, bazaars etc and questioned the role of the administration to control the frequent use of plastic bags. He said that although the administration had banned plastic bags at various times, it later came to a standstill. The Municipal Board of Lala doesn't clear the garbage of Lala town regularly, polythene and plastic bags are falling in the drains of the city and artificial flood is being created. The citizens of the town are suffering from this, Nath added.
The awareness meeting was also addressed by Nurul Huda Choudhury, Monwar Hussain Chowdhury, Soumen Bhattacharjee, Kishore Yadav among others.