Manipur’s Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar on July 5 said that there is a need to introduce syllabus on waste management from the primary level.

Stating that the early introduction to the topic will help in spreading awareness and also help in environmental conservation; he urged all the stakeholders to jointly work for the successful implementation of the six management rules in the state.

Lauding the officials for presenting saplings to the dignitaries at the function, he said that the trend started by the Forest Department of presenting sapling of various plants to the dignitaries at functions is an initiative to save the environment and hoped that the trend will be followed by others.

Concerned over the plastic waste pollution including in the Loktak lake, he said that the two day programme will surely help the various department officials will come together to choke out plan to solve the problems faced by the state. He hoped that the two days programme attended by officials of various departments will surely spread awareness and benefit all the departments.

The minister was speaking during a two-day capacity building programme on six waste management rules, 2016 began on July 5 at the City Convention Centre, Palace Compound, Imphal East.

The programme was organised by National Productivity Council (NPC) in collaboration with the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) and Manipur urban development agency (MUDA) and hosted by directorate of MAHUD.

During the two day programme, resource persons will discuss on the six waste management rules notified by the MoEFCC namely solid waste management rules, 2016; e-waste management rules, 2016; plastic waste management rules, 2016; biomedical waste management rules, 2016; construction and demolition rules, 2016 and hazardous and other wastes (Movement and Trans-boundary Movement) rules, 2016.

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