Election office bans single-use plastic in Bypoll-linked Jharkhand Assembly headquarters

Eco-friendly measures were passed for the by-election in the Mandar assembly constituency in Ranchi, with the state electoral office imposing a ban on single-use plastic in the segment for as long as the pattern of code of conduct was in place, officials said. In Monday. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) K Ravi Kumar said all polling officials have been asked to refrain from using plastic bags, cups and glasses in the constituency.

“We have decided to conduct the Mandar by-election in an environmentally friendly manner. Single-use plastic has been completely banned in the constituency. All election-related materials will be required to be plastic-free. ‘environmental materials were encouraged,” Kumar told PTI. Notably, single-use plastic was banned by the government of Jharkhand in 2017, but gaps in the implementation of the law are visible in almost all parts of Jharkhand. the state.

In 2019, the former BJP government ran a massive campaign to raise awareness about the harms of plastic use on the environment. More than 35 tons of plastic were collected and destroyed in the 24 districts of Jharkhand as part of the campaign. The by-vote for the seat is due to take place on June 23. The votes will be counted on June 26. The election was necessitated after Bandhu Tirkey was disqualified as an MP following his court conviction in a corruption case.

Congress nominated his daughter, Shilpa Neha Tirkey, as the joint candidate of the JMM-led ruling alliance, while the BJP nominated former lawmaker Gangotri Kujur for the seat. Political parties hailed the decision of the state election office. Jharkhand Congress Spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan said, “We have decided to go green for this by-election. Party flags will be paper or cloth. Plastic flags will not be permitted. Workers were asked to use jute bags. The BJP has also said it supports the initiative.

“Political parties play a big role in influencing people. We will use environmentally friendly materials in our campaigns,” BJP spokesperson Pradeep Sinha said.

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