THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: ‘Malinya Vimuktha Keralam’, the CPM campaign to eradicate the garbage issue crippling the state by laying special emphasis on wiping out the accumulating plastic waste, was inaugurated by CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in the city on Sunday.
The campaign is to be incorporated with the premonsoon cleaning drive carried out by the local bodies.
“Starting today, the party leadership in association with the local bodies is gearing up to remove the plastic waste accumulated on roadsides, putting in the efforts of over four lakh party workers across the state. At a time when the state government is yet to take measures to stop this menace that the party is taking up the initiative,” Kodiyeri said.
The drive was launched at Vazhuthacaud junction in the city.
The CPM is rolling out the mission by joining hands with several agencies in the field of collecting and processing plastic waste.
In his inaugural address, Kodiyeri said awareness campaigns are to be conducted in the homes to root out the problems of plastic and cultivate the habit of avoiding plastics.
“With centralised waste management method failing to manage waste in the state, decentralised mechanisms are most suited to tackle the issue. Throughout the campaign, source-level waste management will be promoted,” he said.
Soon after the inauguration in the presence of volunteers, Kodiyeri along with other party leaders also engaged himself in removing the plastic waste accumulated on the roadside.
Mayor K Chandrika, V Sivankutty MLA and CPM district secretary Kadakampally Surendran and ex-speaker M Vijayakumar were present.