Kerala starts drive against plastic with flex board on CM Oommen Chandy

Inaugurating the anti-plastic drive, Chandy destroyed a flex board displaying his face, erected by Congress workers.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: October 2, 2014 5:27 pm
flex-main Flex boards on everything from football to politics are an eyesore across Kerala. (Source:

The Clean India drive is getting a whole new meaning in Kerala. The Congress government in the state marked Gandhi Jayanti with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy destroying flex boards displaying his own pictures.

Chandy’s rival and party state president V M Sudheeran also joined the drive against flex board saying the party would abandon the practice of using flex boards for functions.

Inaugurating the anti-plastic drive on Thursday, Chandy destroyed a flex board displaying his face, erected by Congress workers. The government also launched a one-month drive against plastic waste, which would be collected and recycled by the Clean Kerala Company, a venture for recycling garbage.

Faces of politicians on flex boards flank the main roads across the state and this has been used as a means to greeting leaders as well as a weapon of protest.

Last year, when the Congress Pradesh Committee was reconstituted, thousands of flex boards had come up across Kerala, “congratulating the leaders on their being made a party office-bearer”.

Recently, flex boards of Congress president V M Sudheeran were seen lauding his stand on the liquor policy, that envisages total prohibition.

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  1. I
    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:52 pm
    Good initiative. Hope it succeeds. But as long as we use petroleum products, plastic a waste byproduct will continue to be produced and marketed. But we can definitely reduce the littering and its irreversible devastating effects for life and planet. This petro reserves should have remained where it belonged. Like hi said - anything misplaced is dirt and this one is dangerous and fatal to everyone and everything.
    1. T
      Oct 2, 2014 at 6:44 pm
      Don't use plastic, But at the same time don't spoil the remaining forest lines promoting paper. We need more forest in India.
      1. K Narayana Pillai
        Oct 2, 2014 at 6:31 pm
        There are thousands who live on making flex boards. Kerala can't ban toddy because many persons who live on toddy tapping will loose their jobs. Kerala can't put a ban on lotteries because many lottery sellers will become jobless. Why similar yard stick should not apply to flex boards? Kerala is a mad house.Vivekananda said it about Kerala a century back. It is still holds good. They don't want to want to join Swach Bharat Abhiyan because it was started by Modi. Instead they want to do it on their own b name.
        1. C
          Oct 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm
          Let the parties use only paper that can be recycled and Eco friendly so also make it mandatory for all plastic manufacturers to put their collection points in every town/village etc to recycle the same this may be done by their ociation to keep nation free from this menace of a useful thing Jaihind