...in utter neglect - the state of state pollution control boards
India generates about five million tonnes of hazarduous waste. But systems to manage it are non-existent
Boards fail to even list the guilty, leave alone penalise
(in per cent)
Use of effluent treatment plants (ETPs) is a rare phenomenon in India
In Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar about 50 per cent of the industries with the ETPs do not comply with prescribed standards
Who sleeps on these pollution control boards?
|State||As per cent of
The Sikkim board, which is without a chairperson, has 14 members. Eight of these are from bureaucracy, four are panchayat members and one is a retired teacher
Neither the technical staff in the boards nor the training they are imparted has any correlation with the size or spread of polluting units in the states
Source: Anon 2001, 'Report on State Pollution Control Boards', Planning Commission of India, Government of India, Chapter 3,4,5
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