Panaji: In his first public function since returning from his medical treatment in the US, chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday reiterated that Goa would be plastic-free by the end of the year.
Speaking at Azad Maidan to commemorate Goa Revolution Day, Parrikar also said that education would play a key role in putting a stop to the practiceof using and dumping of plastic bags.
“I will take steps to make Goa plastic free in 2018,” Parrikar said. “The state government is making strong efforts to achieve this before the end of this year. It was delayed due to my sickness, but it will gain momentum now.”
Parrikar also assured freedom fighters that he would resolve the Mayem evacuee property issue as quickly as possible.
“The Mayem issue is part of the freedom struggle against colonial rule and I am personally working to solve the issue,” he said.Prior to Parrikar’s speech, freedom fighter Chandrakant Pednekar reminded the chief minister of the promise he made exactly a year earlier to make the state plastic-free by June 18 this year.
Pednekar however said that while the government prepared policies, the implementation required citizens to cooperate.He added that citizens had to ensure that government policies and schemes were successful. Acknowledging Pednekar’s concerns, the chief minister hinted that citizens remained apathetic towards the government efforts to curb the use of plastic due to their ignorance.
“I have seen well-educated people, who drive around in luxury cars, throwing plastic out of their vehicles into River Mandovi,” Parrikar said. He further said that despite studying in reputed educational institutions, many students too failed to gain wisdom and knowledge.
“It is important that we light the lamp of wisdom and that is why we need to improve the quality of education in Goa,” he said.Parrikar said that once the standard of education improved, people would understand the implications of their actions and accordingly change their behaviour.
Calling for the quality of education to be improved, CM Manohar Parrikar said that he has seen well educated people, who drive in luxury cars, throwing plastic out of their vehicles into River Mandovi. [TOI]