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PM Modi goes green for swearing-in ceremony; 7K handmade paperbags made from waste plastic distributed

The bags were given to the dignitaries to keep their water bottles.

May 31, 2019, 04.28 PM IST
PM Modi is also the biggest brand ambassador of Khadi. ​
PM Modi is also the biggest brand ambassador of Khadi.
NEW DELHI: Around 7,000 handmade paper carry bags made from waste plastic were distributed at the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as the 16th Prime Minister of the country, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) said. A unit of KVIC, Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute (KNHPI) at Jaipur, supplied the handmade paper bags for the dignitaries present at the oath taking ceremony to keep water bottles.

Modi is also the biggest brand ambassador of KVIC.

KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said, "It was like 'Khadi India' was saluting its patron from all angles at that event. If Khadi's growth in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first term is any indication, we are all set to add many more feathers in Khadi's cap in the coming days," he said.

According to a statement by KVIC, the paper bags were made under KVIC's project REPLAN (REducing PLAstic in Nature) and its manufacturing process involved waste plastic being collected, cleaned, chopped, beaten and given chemical treatment for softness.

After that, it was mixed with paper raw material, that is, cotton rags pulp in a ratio of 80 per cent (pulp) and 20 per cent (plastic waste) and finally sheets were made from it, the statement said.

Saxena said nothing can be a better example of following Prime Minister's clarion call of 'Swachhata Abhiyaan' than REPLAN by KVIC.

"REPLAN had not only derived a proportional yet novel way to reduce the plastic menace, one of the biggest problems of contemporary world, but also revived this 26-year-old KNHPI to make the institution self-reliant," he said.

KNHPI has supplied over seven lakh handmade paper bags and consumed over 17 metric tonnes of plastic waste in its manufacturing, the statement said.

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Narendra Modi on Thursday was sworn-in as the 16th Prime Minister of India at a glittering ceremony in the Rashtrapai Bhawan forecourt. Modi, who swore-in for the second consecutive term today, stuck to his iconic look and sported a white kurta pyjama and grey Nehru jacket for the event. A star studded affair, the ceremony witnessed top industrialists, actors, directors and spiritual leaders in attendance.The first few to be spotted were the Ambanis. The RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani was accompanied by wife Nita and son Anant. Others at the occasion were Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata. The Emeritus boss sat next to the Ambanis in the front row.From the film fraternity, actress Kangana Ranaut, actor Anupam Kher and Vivek Oberoi joined the guest list. Newly-elected Gurdaspur MP Sunny Deol was also spotted at the event.Here's a round-up of the all the big names of the industry who attended PM Modi's swearing-in ceremony.
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