The plastics ban has been announced and teams are working towards its implementation. There are a few IAS officers who have implemented it in their daily lives but the largest plastic waste generating event - government programmes - leaves behind a trail of trash.
This journalist has been keenly following the plastics ban and she came across two IAS officers, who have totally banned disposable plastic from their lives. One among them is a member of the steering committee engaged in implementing the ban. The gentleman in question has completely banished disposables from his house and has asked government offices to do the same. But that hasn’t happened yet.
Another officer - from the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration Department - had been recycling plastic from his household way before the implementation of the ban. While this journalist is sure that there are more such officials, she found that the attitude among many others is highly lax.
For instance, at a Swachh Bharat regional training programme for the field workers, this journalist noticed plastic material strewn all around the hall, even as the event was presided by the Deputy Commissioner (Health) of the Corporation, the very official in charge of the city’s solid waste management. Before the plastics ban, the government should seriously ban disposable plastic- at least at those with a Swachh tag!
—Tuba Raqshan, Chennai