New Delhi: Textiles Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar on Tuesday launched 'Eco Friendly Jute Bag initiative' in Delhi and said that Mother Dairy will offer jute bags to customers at all Mother Dairy and Safal outlets in Delhi - NCR.
"Indiscriminate use of polythene bags is one contributor to the pollution problem in the national capital. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has on multiple occasions, tried to ban use of plastic carry bags in Delhi. However, we find these plastic carry bags continue to be used commonly", Gangwar said while launching the program.
"Residents of Delhi now have a choice and can themselves restrict use of plastic bags by using eco-friendly, biodegradable and low-cost jute bags. Mother Dairy, National Jute Board (NJB) and Birds Jute & Exports Ltd. (BJEL) have joined hands in this green venture, to provide attractive, low cost jute bags at the thousand-odd booths of Mother Dairy/Safal in Delhi – NCR", he added.
The venture is promoted by National Jute Board (NJB), bags are manufactured by Birds Jute & Exports Ltd. (BJEL) and supplied to Mother Dairy for distribution at its booths.
Through this scheme, one can purchase one’s daily requirement of perishables from reliable outlets of Mother Dairy and Safal, along with the option of buying environment friendly, attractive, low cost jute bags too. Available in the price range of Rs 25/- to Rs. 35/-, these bags are strong, washable and can be used several times over, making them cost effective.
These bags are provided at Mother Dairy and Safal outlets by Birds Jute & Exports Limited (BJEL), a PSU under the administrative control of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
The Textiles Minister had launched Common Facility Centre (CFC) Scheme of the National Jute Board (NJB) on September 01, 2015 at Kolkata, under which five CFCs were to be set up.
Out of the five CFCs, two CFC’s at Hoogly and 24 Parganas are being run by BJEL under which different Women Self Help Groups (WSHGs) and micro entrepreneurs manufacture Jute Diversified Products. The Mother Dairy jute bags will provide such WSHGs a regular market and sustained means of livelihood.
Mother Dairy has placed an initial order of 20,000 jute bags - 10,000 units each for Mother Dairy and Safal. Based on the response of residents of Delhi/NCR, repeat orders shall be placed. These bags are being supplied by BJEL on cost to cost basis; any profit earned in future will be passed on to the artisans and members of the WSHGs.