'Blow whistle, save Shimla' campaign launched

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Shimla, Apr 22 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Forest Minister J P Nadda today flagged off ''Seeti Bajao, Shimla Bachao'' (blow whistle, save Shimla) campaign from the historic The Ridge Maidan, as part of the initiative to keep Himachal Pradesh's environment clean.

The campaign, aimed at keeping Shimla free from litters and polybags, has been launched with active participation of school children who would act as ''whistle blowers'' to warn those defacing the hills by throwing litters and other solid waste in open places.

''Children will help in the cleanliness campaign and this will have a sobering effect on those violating the relevant laws and throwing filth in open places, especially in the urban areas,'' Mr Nadda said after launching the Campaign on ''World Earth Day''.

About 400 children from 20 children clubs of local schools participated in the march organised on this occasion to spread awareness about environment.

He said the campaign would be launched in all parts of the state and continue till World Environment Day on June five.

''In fact it would be anti-littering campaign with focus on proper and voluntary implementation of laws like Non-biodegradable solid waste (garbage) disposal Act, which prohibited use of recycled polybags.'' He said that the Department of Forest and Environment would be the nodal agency for coordinating various activities under the seven week long campaign and the deputy commissioners would be asked to review the implementation of various environmental acts and suggest ways for their more effective implementation.

''Environment has emerged as a global issue and it is our collective responsibility to save the planet Earth from ecological and environmental degradation and greenhouse gas emission, threatening to warm up the Earth, leading to disastrous impact on vegetation, crops and lives of people and animals, he said.

Mr Nadda said the state government was committed to take all possible steps to save the environment and ecology but the people also must contribute in the efforts of the government in a positive manner.

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