• Concerned over the lack of action pertaining to the compliance of solid waste management across the country, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has summoned the Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories from March 1 onwards.
  • According to the World Bank, India’s daily waste generations will reach 3,77,000 tonnes by 2025. Unless the problem is tackled, its impact on health and lives of citizens can be devastating.
  • It is high time stern measures are taken not only by those in charge of administering law themselves but also by educating and involving public at large.
  • Further, all States and union territories have been directed to constitute special task forces in every district, and Information Education and Communication (IEC) programmes have been suggested for public awareness.
  • Such programmes can be successful if the network of legal services authorities and educational institutions at every level is involved.
  • This is possible only if such instructions are issued on the administrative side by the National Legal Services Authority and Education Departments of the States.
  • States have also been asked to display their progress reports on the websites of pollution control boards.