[dropcap]T[/dropcap]HE National Green Tribunal (NGT) has warned that a compensation of Rs 1 crore would be recovered from state governments and union territories if they failed to provide a complete inventory of Health Care Facilities (HCFs) with Bio-Medical Waste (BMW) within two months.
Expressing its displeasure at the repeated failure to provide the inventory, an NGT panel headed by Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also directed the Central Pollution Control Board to file a progress report in the matter after coordinating with the concerned authorities of the states, including the state boards and other health departments. It also directed the Chief Secretaries of the states to furnish their respective compliance reports as per the orders passed in O.A. No. 606/2018, Compliance of Municipal Solid Waste Management’s Rules, 2016.
The NGT’s order comes in the wake of a batch of applications filed by a Shailesh Singh regarding non-compliance by hospitals and medical centres in Uttar Pradesh and in other states and union territories with the provisions of Bio-medical Waste Management Rules, 2016.