NA­TIONAL SHAME

LIT­TER­ING DE­CREASES IN NAS­INU, SUVA WORS­ENS

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - ASHNA KUMAR Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: ashna.kumar@fi­jisun.com.fj

Af­ter a Fiji Sun team high­lighted lit­ter­ing fines on the Nas­inu res­i­den­tial area, a spot check by the daily pub­lish­ers found less lit­ter­ing around Nas­inu but an in­crease in the Suva ar­eas. The Fiji Sun team toured ar­eas of Suva and found rub­bish piles care­lessly dis­posed. The De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment had launched the “Name and Shame” cam­paign which will al­low peo­ple to take pho­to­graphs or videos of those who lit­ter in­clud­ing from mov­ing or sta­tionery ve­hi­cles as well as pub­lic ser­vice ve­hi­cles. Min­is­ter Kumar said: “Th­ese pho­to­graphs and videos will be used to prose­cute of­fend­ers and taken to task.” The cur­rent law states that any per­son caught lit­ter­ing will be fined $40 on–the–spot or other penal­ties from $500 to $10,000 or even im­pris­on­ment terms of three months till 12 months. En­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Praveen Kumar said de­spite cam­paigns be­ing launched against lit­ter­ing peo­ple con­tin­ued lit­ter­ing on road, rivers and pic­nic spots. “The De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment has done var­i­ous cam­paigns against lit­ter­ing and has met with limited suc­cess but it is the ci­ti­zen’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep Fiji clean as there needs to be changes and if re­quired; dras­tic mea­sures – so be it,” Mr Kumar said.

Photo: Ashna Kumar

Pile of rub­bish care­lessly dumped along the road­side in Wainivula Road, Caubati.

Photo: Ashna Kumar

An eye­sore. Rub­bish dumped along a road­side in Suva.

Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Govern­ment, Hous­ing and En­vi­ron­ment Parveen Kumar.

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