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West Bengal to ban plastic and focus on increasing jute production and jute goods: PM Modi

While addressing the Indian Chamber of Commerce’s 95th Annual Plenary session, PM Narendra Modi urged the people of West Bengal to ban plastic bags and should focus on increasing jute production as an alternative. He also said the country should revive the historical excellence of the state Bengal in the manufacturing sector.

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“We’ve always heard ‘What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow’. We have to require inspiration from this and move forward together,” PM added.

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Modi said that people incorrectly presume that three aspects — people, profit, and planet are exclusive to each other. He also explained with the example of West Bengal’s jute, which if implemented properly, will not only make the planet plastic-free but also it will help MSMEs and local populace to gain profit. Further, “if every Indian holds the jute bag made in Bengal, how are you able to not feel proud,” he added.

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Modi also said that India is facing several challenges at a time, the country is not only fighting against the coronavirus but it is also fighting against other natural calamities such as cyclones, earthquakes, etc. He further said that it is now in the hands of the citizens to turn this crisis into an opportunity by making India Atma nirbhar.

“A self-confident Indian is vital to self-reliant India… Every Indian has been dreaming of self-reliance in various sectors like aviation, defense, etc,” he added.

Meanwhile, Trinamool, Congress, and CPM strongly reacted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reference on Thursday. Congress Lok Sabha leader Adhir Chowdhury and CPM leader Sujan Chakraborty criticized Modi on his appeal to investors at the 95th annual plenary session of the Indian Chamber of Commerce to revive Bengal’s manufacturing sector.

Earlier the Textile Ministry asked the state government to use geotextiles in construction activities as Jute in this form of Jute Geotextiles (JGT) can be used in road construction and is the best alternative for plastic reduction.

 

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