President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has shown great initiative in curbing the use of non-recyclable plastic in India by introducing monogrammed glass water-bottles at Rashtrapati Bhavan. As his first year of service came to an end, Kovind announced a switch from plastic bottles to glass bottles in all the offices inside President Office in order to promote plastic-free environment.
The transition from plastic to glass has also been made for state functions and guests hosted by the President of India, in his office.
The staff at the Rashtrapati Bhawan earlier used about 1200 one-litre bottles and 240 half-litre bottles in a month.
To commemorate his first year as the President of India, Kovind has also started a plantation drive at the Rashtrapati Bhawan Estate on Raisina Hill and the Rashtrapati Nilayam, the President’s Quarters in Hyderabad.
The intensive plantation drive undertaken on the Rashtrapati Bhavan saw over 1,600 trees and shrubs being planted, of which about 240 are fruit-bearing trees. At present, 40% of the 97 acres of Rashtrapati Nilayam is a green cover. President Kovind’s three-year plantation drive has prompted the Telangana forest department to take up 10.5 acres of barren land in the estate, undertaking soil management, moisture conservation and plantation there.