The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) on Tuesday presented awards to individuals, schools, colleges and commercial establishments who have contributed towards environmental protection by replacing single-use plastics.
Environment Minister Siva V. Meyyanathan presented the 2022 Green Champion Awards along with Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Supriya Sahu, TNPCB Chairperson M. Jayanthi and TNPCB Member Secretary R. Kannan.
Justice Basheer Ahmed Syed College for Women Award and College Principal Amtul Aziz along with club coordinators and team received certificate and cash award. Other Recipients: Government Higher Secondary School, Old Perungalathur; Patrician College of Arts and Science, Adyar; Hand in Hand, Ashok Nagar; G. Thankaraj, National Green Force and Caterpillar India Pvt Ltd, Power Systems Division, Hosur. A total of 92 members won the award with a prize of Rs.1 lakh each.
Mr. Mayyanathan said that the state government has planned to focus on plastic collection drives to reduce the harm caused to the environment in line with the theme of this year’s World Environment Day, ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.
As part of The fish also turned yellow The campaign awarded prizes to three schools, colleges and commercial establishments for successfully implementing the ban on single-use plastics.
Kaveripatnam Government Boys Higher Secondary School won the first prize in each category with a prize of Rs 10 lakh each. Marutham Nellie Polytechnic College, Pennaram Road, Dharmapuri; and the fourth hospital in Theni. Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Cauverypatnam; Arulmigu Palani Tower Arts College for Women, Dindigul; and Muku Kadai of Madurai won the second prize and a prize of Rs.5 lakh each.
Awards were also distributed in the ‘Hackathon’ category to those involved in spreading awareness about the environment. A website and mobile app The fish also turned yellow A campaign was launched to help the public with information about turned yellow Vending machines, plastic crushing machine spots, complaints against the use of single-use plastics.