NCRB’s report shows that the state made maximum violations under The Wildlife Act, 1972
For the second year in a row, Rajasthan recorded the highest number of environmental offences in India, according to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau. While the state had the maximum number (2,927) of environment-related offence in 2014, it retained its position again in 2015 with 2,075 cases, shows NCRB’s annual report, Crime in India- Statistics, 2015.
Released for the first time in 2014, the report compiles data from the state and Union Territory police with an aim to highlight trends in crime for future policy planning.
Environmental offences are those which flout the existing laws—Forest Act, 1927; the Wildlife Act, 1972; Environmental (Protection) Act, 1986; Air (Prevention & control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and Water (Prevention & control of Pollution) Act, 1974.
Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Karnataka followed Rajasthan with 1,779, 233, and 211 cases respectively. Among states, Nagaland, Sikkim, Odisha, Tripura and Meghalaya recorded no cases. Among the UTs, Chandigarh and Puducherry recorded zero environmental offences.
Below is the highlight of offences reported under different laws:
Forest Act, 1927
The Wildlife Act, 1972
Environmental (Protection) Act, 1986
Air (Prevention & control of Pollution) Act, 1981
Water (Prevention & control of Pollution) Act, 1974
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