Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Oct 2018 14:34:16











WORLD environmental group, “Break Free from Plastic,” in its study conducted in 42 countries, has come out with staggering reality of how multi-national companies like Nestle, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other big companies have become the biggest ocean polluters. They are the biggest users and consequently the promoters of use of single use plastic packaging materials. During the survey conducted from September 9 to September 15, 10000 volunteers of the group collected 1,87,000 pieces of plastic which left tell-tale proof of their users and promoters. The group expects that these companies should become part of the solution to the problem and not the part of the problem as it emanates from their end. They must stop overpackaging of their goods with non-biodegradable plastic substances. These packaging materials are manufactured from fossil fuels and hence need to be shunned. Unless these companies stop use of these materials their manufacture and demand will continue to grow. The onus is on them . They must take the responsibility.




THE problem of kids being forced into begging in cities is a sensitive issue that has failed to attract enough attention of our administrators. Agreed, there have been drives to rescue child beggars but lack of follow-up and poor rehabilitation measures have failed the very purpose of such actions. As Women and Child Development Minister Ms. Maneka Gandhi urged the Delhi Police to make the national capital free of child beggars and set an example for the rest of the country, she only tapped the tip of the problem. The larger question is about proper care and rehabilitation of such kids. Mostly, such drives by police force are cosmetic in nature and end with the children being transported to shelter homes. Tales of exploitation of kids in shelter homes have been shocking and gory. This is the actual problem area that needs immediate attention. Children’s rights bodies have been working on this issue but without concrete success. Ms. Gandhi can do a great good by dealing with this dirty aspect of the problem.