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MCC’s cloth bag initiative to fight plastic menace

 MCC distributed 47 tailoring machines to women here on Monday and the cloth bags stitched by these tailors will be sold across the city at affordable price – as alternatives for plastic bags

Initiating an alternative for eradicating the use of plastic bags and ensuring facilities under beneficiary schemes, the Mysuru City Corporation distributed 47 tailoring machines to women here on Monday. The initiative was taken as a part of its project to distribute 2000 sewing machines annually, which was long-pending since three years as no contractors approached the authorities to get the contract through auction. Mayor B L Bhyrappa distributed machines to all the beneficiaries of MCC ward 12 at Puttaraja Gawai Stadium.  

Urging residents to utilise beneficiary schemes, MCC Additional Commissioner Raju said that the MCC was providing various facilities ensuring reservation policy of 24.10 percent for SC/ST, 7.25 percent for OBC and 3 percent for physically challenged. The Health Standing Committee has already selected 1040 beneficiaries under free sewing machines scheme in which most have been distributed. The MCC is also providing solar lamps, laptops for BE, MBBS students as well as SSLC and PUC students who have obtained 60 percent marks. Also, they are giving away education loans of Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000 for eligible candidates.
 
“As the MCC has already declared heritage city as a plastic-free zone, there is a huge demand for cloth bags. Hence, the tailoring machine beneficiaries have to come forward to make better use of the opportunity. The MCC will provide essential marketing consultations to sell these cloth bags.”
 
If this initiative succeeded in expected manner, cloth bag stitching programme will be launched under beneficiary programmes by ensuring bank loan up to Rs 2 lakh, in which Rs 50,000 subsidy will be provided, he assured.
 
Former Mayor R Lingappa, MCC Assistant Commissioner Javaregowda, Development Officer Raghupathi, Coordinator Ramesh and women self-help group members were present during the event.
 
Expressing her joy over the initiative, Gowri(42), a physically challenged beneficiary said: “I have been working as a piece worker for several tailors in JP Nagar. I have been allotted a tailoring machine, which will help me to stitching clothes from my home, contributing significantly for my family income.”

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