Tamil Nadu CM launches cloth bag vending machine, Manjapai 

MK Stalin, the Chief Minister of India, launched an environmentally friendly initiative called Meendum Manjapai VIzhipunarvu Iyakkam (Back to Yellow Cloth Bag Awareness Campaign) in December 2013 to promote alternative plastic bags.

The government of Tamil Nadu has installed cloth bag dispenser machines in public places to ensure that cloth bags are readily available to the masses.

Supriya Sahu (Indian Administrative Service officer) shared an online demonstration video of the machine on Saturday. Sahu inserts a RS 10 currency into the machine. The machine then dispenses a medium-sized cloth bag.

The cloth bag seen in the video looks similar to a Manjapai (yellow) bag, a traditional multipurpose bag used widely across Tamil Nadu.

Sahu shared the video and wrote: “Manjapai Vending machine is finally here. It’s a challenge to make cloth bags accessible in public places at an affordable price. We are currently working on setting up these machines at bus stops and marketplaces. Details will be available soon.

The video has been viewed more than 45,000 times so far. A Twitter user commented on the video and wrote: “Splendid. I suggest that it accept electronic payments, not just coins. It would not be practical for everyone to carry coins. Although the transaction cost is higher, it would still be cheaper for everyone to have the machine.

MK Stalin, the Chief Minister of India, launched an environmentally friendly initiative called Meendum Manjapai VIzhipunarvu Iyakkam (Back to Yellow Cloth Bag Awareness Campaign) in December 2013 to promote alternative plastic bags.