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SUVA, Fiji Islands (February 27, 2000 - Fiji's Sunday Post/PINA Nius Online) - The Fiji Police Force, Suva City Council and Ministry of the Environment have joined hands in launching a new operation to see the effective implementation of the Litter Decree 1991.

Operation Sasamaki has already received a $20,000 grant from the European Union, according to Jahir Khan, the Assistant Commissioner of Police.

Mr. Khan said the operation is necessary because the current process has neither curbed nor diminished littering in public places.

He said the main reason for this was the reluctance of the nominated enforcement officers specified in the decree to meet and find common ground to base their implementation of the decree.

The committee comprising the police, the council and the Ministry of Environment has been formed to coordinate operations and see to the administration of the project.

Mr. Khan said the objectives of the operation are to:

Operation Sasamaki is a pilot project confining itself to the boundary of the city for one month.

According to Mr. Khan, the operation will involve utilizing 120 suitable off-duty constables as Environment Watch Officers,

"They will be supported by the council on a 24-hour basis," Mr. Khan said.

"Around 35 officers will be employed at any shift and they will wear a specially designed uniform with a litter watch logo on the arm band."

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