Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, “requesting their intervention” in a recent order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that imposed an interim nationwide ban on the use of glass-coated “manja” for flying kites.
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In his letter, the MP from Jharkhand has argued that the NGT order will “affect Uttarayan festivities” in Gujarat and the people involved in making kites. In a press release, the MP has argued that Gujarat has the “largest per capita kite flyers in the country” and an estimated 1.5 million families get employment from the kite-making industry in which 70 per cent of the workforce is women. Nathwani has requested them to “intervene and request the NGT to re-consider and soften its stand in the interest of millions of people in the country”. ENS