Positive response from Govt on HJS demand against Ganesh idols made up from paper pulp

Meeting will be held with member secretary of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board about making Shri Ganesh idols from paper pulp ! – Sanjay Bansode, Environment Minister 

Environment Minister Shri. Sanjay Bansode (on right) receiving memorandum from Shri. Arvind Pansare and Shri. Satish Sonar

Mumbai : Awareness should be created towards order issued by National Green Tribunal against Shri Ganesh idols made from paper pulp and making of idols from paper pulp should not be encouraged. Memorandum with the above demand was submitted to Shri. Sanjay Bansode, State Environment Minister on 11th March 2020. Minister Bansode said that discussions would be held with member secretary of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and he accordingly gave instructions to member Secretary of Pollution Control Board. Shri. Arvind Pansare, spokesperson of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), Shri. Ajay Sambhus and Shri. Satish Sonar its activists were present on the occasion.

Important decision of National Green Tribunal

‘Andha-shraddha Nirmulan Samiti (ANiS)’ had started misleading people by advising them to use Shri Ganesh idols made of paper pulp during Ganesh festival claiming that it didn’t cause pollution. The then Government fell prey to this superstition and on 3rd May 2011, guiding instructions were issued by the Government through its Environment Department for celebrating festivals in a manner which is complementary to environment. It was stated in these instructions that Shri Ganesh-idols made of paper pulp should be made available everywhere and use of such idols should be encouraged; besides special concession should be given to them; but National Green Tribunal, Pune passed an important verdict on 30th September 2016 on a public litigation petition filed with it stating that the Government’s decision was wrong.

Request made by HJS accepted

HJS has been demanding time and again for the past 4 years after such verdict was passed and submitting memorandum to Environment Minister, State Ministers, MLAs etc for imposition of ban on Shri Ganesh idols made with paper pulp but the Government has paid no heed. HJS has therefore, requested for a meeting with officers of Pollution Control Board in this connection when Minister Sanjay Bansode agreed and promised to hold such meeting.

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