Former Meghalaya Speaker launches ambitious project to tackle plastic usage

Shillong, June 5: On the occasion of World Environment Day, Meghalaya legislator Charles Pyngrope introduced “Plaiew” an eco-friendly alternative to single use plastic at Windermere Resorts.

He said that the project would not only help control plastic usage but provide employment to people in and around the city.

The Nongthymmai MLA, on Friday, told reporters that he has been raising the issue of banning single use plastic in the Assembly since 2008. “I felt that I must do something… how to ban plastics, because you cannot say ban without providing an alternative,” he said.

He stated that he picked up the initiative to make bags during the lockdown period. “One meter cloth gives you two bags. I gave the cloth to people who received sewing machines from Special Urban Work Programme (SUWP) scheme. I gave them Rs 30 for each bag. If they stitch 100 bags, they get Rs 3000. In these times it was a lot of help for them,” Pyngrope said.

The bag would be sold at Rs 150 per piece, Rs 20 from each will go to the seller, he stated.

“That way we are not only saving the environment but providing employment and income generation for the people in and around the city. If people buy these bags at such a low cost of Rs 150, plastic will go away,” the MLA said.

Pyngrope also stated that he aims to produce 15,000 bags for his constituency and added that if all the 60 MLAs replicated the idea, the use of plastic would drastically come down.

Following the launch, the Former Assembly Speaker along with Nongthymmai Block Congress President Bawan Khyriem planted saplings at the resort premises.

Congress MLAs David Nongrum, H. M Shangpliang, George Lyngdoh were also present at the event.

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