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Kumar Takes Action

Kumar Takes Action
Minister for Local Government, Housing and Enviroment Parveen Kumar during National Enviroment Oratory Competition final Photo: Ronald Kumar
August 12
13:24 2015

The Department for Environment have come up with two campaigns to discourage people from littering wherever they want.

The ministry will soon start the ‘name and shame campaign’.

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Parveen Kumar said: “I was really disturbed yesterday when I read the Fiji Sun and I believe most of you have seen the whole page talking about the dumping of rubbish in our environment.”

He made this announcement at the Suva Civic Auditorium while, speaking during the National Environment Oratory Competition.

“The Honourable Prime Minister has raised his concerns regarding the carless dumping of rubbish on our streets and drains,” he said.

“The Green Growth Framework launched by the Prime Minister during the National Environment Week celebration is Fiji’s master plan to build a more sustainable economic model as part of the very core of our national development.

“I would also like to reiterate the message from the Honourable Prime Minister during the launch of the National Environment Week celebration and that is to become a warrior for a cleaner and greener Fiji,” he said.

“I was very disturbed to see this in yesterday’s newspaper despite numerous nationwide anti-litter promotions.

“I have directed my ministry to review the current legislation and to come up with a clear approach to effectively address this issue,” Mr Kumar said.

“In the interim, the Department of Environment will now embark on a two- phase programme directed at bringing the full force of the law on those who litter.

“Phase One will include a campaign to ask responsible citizens to upload or send to a designated unit within the ministry photographs and videos of those who are in the act of littering,” Mr Kumar said.

He said this would include those who were littering from moving or parked vehicles- including public service vehicles with registration number plates.

“I will ask the responsible citizen of this nation to use their mobile phones and these photographs will be used to prosecute offenders,” he said.

“Phase Two will include the use of postings in a ‘name and shame campaign’ and we will invite the media outlets to assist us in this programme that will be covered on local media, including radio, television and newspapers,” Mr Kumar said.

“We will ask the newspapers to provide us a page and same thing with TV and there we will show to the nation the photos of the offenders.”

He said they would also be offering rewards to the people.

“Despite the amount of awareness the attitudes of people to this issue is still shameful. That’s why we have come up with these campaigns,” he said.

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