Bhubaneswar: Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated at different places across Odisha today.
People from different walks of life assembled at Gandhi Park here and set out on a peace march after garlanding the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
Marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the State Government has implemented a ban on the manufacture and use of polythene and certain plastic products in six cities of Odisha – Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Puri. The ban will come into force in the entire State in phases over the next two years.
Apart from this, the state government has directed the concerned district Collectors and Sub-Collectors to ensure strict implementation of the ban with some leeway till one month (November 2, 2018) after which action would be taken against violators which includes a fine up to Rs 1 lakh and a jail term of 5 years. The same applies even to small traders who could face a penalty of Rs 2000 to Rs 3000 for violating the rule.
In addition, the state government will launch its own State Food Security Scheme (SFSS) from today.