Hyderabad: Hyderabad Mayor Banda Karthika Reddy on Saturday promised that a permanent stall would be setup in Citizens Service Centres in 18 circle offices, to provide marketing facility to the alternate products that are produced by Self Help Group Women of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
The Mayor was speaking at a meeting with Self Help Groups, Manufacturers of paper/jute/cloth bags and with NGOs at the GHMC office on Saturday.
Ms Karthika Reddy also promised that exhibitions will be conducted in all 18 circles and training will be provided in Mahila Bhavans in all 150 GHMC wards.
The Mayor requested the SHGs to undergo training provided by GHMC, NGOs and Manufacturers and appealed to start their earning, promising that loans will be arranged through banks under Swarnajayanthi Shehari Rojgar Yojana through Urban Community Development (UCD) Wing of GHMC.
The Mayor exhorted the gathering that the time has come to promptly by refusing plastic in our daily life usage and save the planet from further deterioration.
She said that SHG women should take pivotal role in this anti plastic carry bag campaign as every revolution should come from home and then only any program will be successful.
It is our responsibility also to provide clean environment to the coming generation along with food, cloth and shelter, Ms Karthika Reddy said.
On the request made by SHG women to set up Mahila Bhavans in all 150 divisions to take up training classes, the Mayor informed that Zonal Commissioners are given permission to sanction Mahila Bhavans as per the suggestions of concerned corporators.
Deputy Mayor Jaffar Hussain, addressing the gathering said everyone should take personal interest in ban on usage of plastic carry bags, the ban automatically raises the demand in cottage industries and everyone should refuse plastic carry bags offered by the trader.
He also informed the idea of ban didn’t come at once, after standing committee’s resolution, a series of meetings were held with manufacturers, traders, Colony Welfare Associations, Hotel Associations, NGOs. The items once seized under ban on plastic carry bags will not be given back at any cost, he added.
GHMC Additional Commissioner (Health and Sanitation) Aleem Basha informed that GHMC is taking the message on ban on usage of plastic carry bags to the public through posters, advertisements in newspapers, slides, documentary films etc.
In this regard 12,00,000 bulk SMSs were sent, he informed.
AMOHs concerned have started issuing notices to the manufacturers for the closure of production of plastic carry bags since three to four days, he said.
GHMC is ready to provide bank linkage up to Rs 20,00,000, and they are making efforts to buy back the products manufactured by SHG women.(INN)