GBC – II Jaiveer Kesria 380 M4 Statue of Unity I take pride in that we have the world’s tallest statue in our country. Some of us may have a different point of view that it is a wastage of public money and we can build more schools, hospitals, roads and can use this money in other social infrastructure. While building the Statue of Unity, 4000 jobs were created and now after the completion of work more jobs can be created for the locals. With the increase in the number of tourists, local people will have more employment opportunities in the hospitality and tourism sector. Now, around 30000 tourists are visiting the Statue of Unity daily in comparison to 40000 tourists reach to see Taj Mahal daily. It is evident from the figures that the Statue of Unity has prospects of attracting more tourists in near future. If we talk about the location of the Statue of Unity, it is located in between the Satpura and Vindhya range. According to the Ministry of Tourism, the most visited state by tourists in Tamil Nadu, it shows that tourists are looking for the destinations which are pollution free. And the location of the Statue of Unity makes it suitable to attract more and more tourists. Capital Punishment I have an opinion that India must abolish capital punishment now. It violates our fundamental rights under Article 14 and Article 21 of the Constitution. By abolishing capital punishment, we can save precious time of our judiciary which is being wasted by continuous litigation. Public money is also being wasted in continuous litigation. There are 13 steps in our judiciary before criminals are hanged till death. It includes appeal in a high court then confirmation by honourable Supreme Court and at last, the prisoner also has the option of submitting a mercy petition to the president under Article 72(1) of the Constitution. It is a very lengthy process and we spend our public money on the safety and security of that prisoner. We are wasting the precious time of the state government, honourable President, Ministry of Home Affairs and of our judiciary. The question that arises here is how many are executed since independence. According to official government statistics only 52 people had been executed till now. By executing the criminals, we cannot say that the crime rate will be decreased in society. Crimes are still found to be high where capital punishment is legal. The notion of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth has no place in a constitutionally mediated judicial system. The main focus should be on providing justice to the victims and for this, we have to focus on fast-tracking our judicial process because “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied”. GBC – II Jaiveer Kesria 380 M4 Opinion for Mission : Paper or Plastic I have an opinion that plastic should not be banned because we do not have a suitable substitute for this. Paper cannot be a substitute for plastic as its usage is limited as compared to plastic. One thing that we can do is to mitigate the use of synthetic plastic and start increasing the usage of bioplastic or plastic that is made up of vegetable starch. Production of this kind of plastic will also help our vegetable farmers as they will have a new segment of customers for their produce. The plastic that comprises vegetable starch is totally edible and melts in water at room temperature. As a result, will not pose any serious problems like choking sewage lines, animals etc. Replacing paper with plastic only helps in degrading our environment more. India has a forest cover of only 21% and it is continuously decreasing. We all consumed 16.5 million tonnes of plastic in 2018 and imagine if we use paper instead of plastic, how many trees need to cut down? According to US Environmental Protection Agency, paper generates 70 % more air pollutants and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic, because 4 times as much energy is required to produce it and 85 times as much energy to recycle it.