PMO instructs Zilla Panchayat to crack down on plastic banners | Mangaluru news

MANGALURU: A 38-year-old resident of Sullia Taluk shot down a letter to the Prime Minister in March asking for his intervention. Six months after receiving the letter, the Prime Minister’s Office directed the Zilla Panchayat to take the necessary measures and avoid the use of plastic banners.
Mahesh Puchchappady was dismayed to see Gram Panchayats using plastic banners indiscriminately, even when Swachh Bharat campaigns were ongoing. Mahesh filed a complaint with the Prime Minister’s Office on March 28 of this year about the Centralized System of Appeal Education and Public Monitoring of the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Complaints.
Guthigaru Gram Panchayat of Sullia Taluk was specifically mentioned in the complaint. Mahesh said local civic organizations should give permission to hang banners with the restriction that the banner material must be fabric, not plastic. This, in his opinion, contradicts Swachh Bharat’s campaign, which insists on using only fabric banners.
Sources said the prime minister’s office, after examining the complaint, sent an order to the Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat on October 17 to order crackdown on plastic banners. The Zilla Panchayat, in turn, sent copies of the letters to Sullia Taluk Panchayat and Guthigaru Gram Panchayat on November 5th.
After receiving the letter on November 10, Gramm Panchayat officials said they would “strictly enforce the plastic ban.”
R Selvamani, CEO of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, said, “We have directed Sullia and Guthigaru Panchayats to take action against those who violate the plastic ban. We will investigate the matter and obtain reports of action from both panchayats. ”

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