Raipur. Taking a step forward towards Plastic Free City, Raipur Municipal Corporation has taken a unique initiative. The state’s first utensil bank has been opened here. Where people will get steel utensils like plates and glasses for cooking, serving and eating in functions like weddings and birthdays. Raipur Municipal Corporation Mayor Ejaz Dhebar has started Utensil Bank to increase the use of plastic disposables and plates and to increase the income of self-help group women. The first utensil bank has been opened in Maulana Abdul Rauf ward of Zone 4 of the capital.
Women self-help groups have been given the responsibility of running this pot bank. Apart from stainless steel utensils, large ganja and embroidery will also be given to the common people for marriage or any function. The operation of the utensils bank was given to the women self-help group so that the income of women could increase from the amount coming from the rent of utensils. Mayor Ejaz Dhebar told that these utensils will be given to the needy people at low rent. So that instead of plastic disposables and plates, steel utensils can be used.
Efforts to increase women’s income
Mayor of Raipur Municipal Corporation, Ejaz Dhebar says that where the utensils bank has been made, women can also sell their own products. At present, after zone four, utensil banks will be opened in zone seven and eight as well. No polythene campaign is already being run by Raipur Municipal Corporation. In such a situation, utensils will be available from the utensil bank to the homes of the needy people at a lower price, as well as the income of the women of self-help groups will also increase and the disposal and use of plastic will also be reduced. Discussion of this utensil bank of Raipur is happening everywhere.