In an innovative move, Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is planning to enter into a partnership with the District jail as part of enforcing the single use plastic ban in Vijayawada.

Prisoners will receive 15 day training in making cloth, paper and jute bags to replace the single use plastic bags in usage across the city. Authorities said this will act as a source of income for the prisoners.

The income earned from making the eco-friendly bags will be used to provide infrastructure and other facilities for the prisoners, which are meagre at present, said an official.

The Jail authorities told that the products made by the jail inmates will be made available to local businesses. As the work expands, the Jailer told they would allow women self-help groups to purchase in bulk and sell them to end consumers in local markets.

According to Jailor G Ravi Babu, the prison authorities are collaborating with an NGO Prison Fellowship India to impart training to the prisoners. The same was communicated to K Shakuntala, Additional Commissioner of VMC who welcomed the move.

The Jailer added that the training will begin soon in the District jail at Gandhinagar in Vijayawada where the prisoner strength is 250 at present.

The single use plastic was banned across Krishna District in August. As per reports over 150 tonnes of plastic waste is generated in the city alone.

Earlier, the District Collector assured that after the ban of single use plastic, the government would ensure sufficient circulation of eco-friendly bags made up of paper, cotton cloth and jute.

With its alarming effects on the environment and subsequent climate change, India is pioneering efforts towards the reduction of single-use plastic among world nations.

On Monday Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Conference of Parties (CoP) 14,  gave a call to say “good bye to single use plastic.”

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