New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday set an example as he sat with women who pick plastic from garbage and helped them out during an event in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura.
Pictures of the PM sitting on the ground with the women and sorting plastic from waste send out a powerful message in his bid to end single-use plastic.
Some 25 garbage workers met the PM as part of the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ programme.
The women, standing with piles of garbage, wore masks and a glove and they reportedly responded to the PM’s questions about garbage usually generated from households and the amount of plastic in them.
PM Modi was also seen getting down to segregate garbage in an attempt to demonstrate the importance of ending the use of plastic.
“We need to make efforts to rid our homes, offices, and workplaces of single-use plastic by 2nd October 2019. I appeal to self-help groups, civil society, individuals and others to join this mission,” PM Modi said while addressing a gathering.
The government has pledged to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022.
As part of the effort, the government is likely to put out descriptors of what constitutes single-use plastic.