• The National Green Tribunal has directed all States and Union Territories to furnish reports pertaining to the management of bio-medical waste (BMW) to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) by April 30.
  • Noting that non-compliance of bio-medical waste management rules is “widespread,” a Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel warned of heavy fines on authorities if they fail to furnish reports.
  • We direct all States and Union Territories to ensure that reports [in terms of relevant rules] are furnished to the CPCB within one month or on or before April 30, for the period the reports are due as per rules.
  • The CPCB may furnish a status report of compliance of BMW rules after proper analysis to NGT within one month.
  • It is made clear that any failure will result in the defaulting States being required to pay compensation to be deposited with the CPCB at the rate of ₹1 crore per month after May 1.”
  • The States have also been directed to prepare respective action plans for compliance of rules pertaining to BMW within one month.
  • The CPCB may give its comments on the action plan to NGT within one month, thereafter.
  • Further, the green panel directed the apex pollution monitoring body to undertake a study and prepare a scale of compensation to be recovered from “violators of BMW rules” within one month.
  • This will not debar the State pollution control boards from performing their duty of recovering compensation from the polluters.