SRINAGAR July 27:
Jammu & Kashmir RTI Movement has hailed the decision of Chief Secretary for constitution of a state level apex committee headed by him that would oversee the oversee the implementation of National Green Tribunal’s (NGT’s) orders on solid waste management, plastic waste management, bio-medical waste management, wetlands , air and river pollution etc.
In a statement Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat Chairman JK RTI Movement said that the decision taken by Chief Secretary is a welcome move as authorities at the helm of affairs especially J&K Wildlife Protection Department and J&K State Pollution Control Board (JKPBC) have been giving a very lukewarm response to the directions of NGT.
“NGT in its April 2019 order had directed the Wildlife Protection Department , JKPCB to file a detailed report within 2 months in the case titled Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat v/s J&K Government and others wherein we sought NGTs intervention regarding destruction of three wetlands namely Wullar , Hokersar and Kreechu Chandhara in Pampore.
The report was not filed in time and with the result case that was listed on July 22nd could not be heard and has now same is listed in September. The two or three paged report was to be send via email to NGT, but inspite of lapse of 3 months both Wildlife and PCB failed to even send this emailed report . By constituting a high level committee headed by Chief Secretary we hope directions and orders issued by NGT would be taken seriously in future. We appeal CS to take stern action against the officials for violating orders of NGT and other forums”, said Dr Raja Muzaffar
“We are trying to help the authorities by seeking judicial intervention in NGT, J&K High Court and other forums . We use our own hard earned money to file litigation’s for protection of J&K’s environment especially dumping of municipal waste in wetlands plus its encroachment through earth filling by land mafia. The officers who are paid salaries by Govt neither stop these illegal activities nor support the good Samaritans who come to their help with a helping hand. This is highly unfortunate that wildlife and PCB officers including some DCs even failed to submit a report to NGT on time with the result the case hearing got delayed by another 2 months “ said Dr Mushtaq Khan General Secretary of RTI Movement