The National Green Tribunal has told the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board to wind up its operations if it is not able to augment manpower to achieve the purpose for which it has been set up.
A bench led by Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel while hearing a petition highlighting illegal extraction of groundwater by water mafia for commercial purpose, was told that closure orders have been issued compensation chart is also issued. However, the basis of compensation calculation is not clear.
To which the bench said "In the last few days, we have noticed several matters where the RSPCB is found showing lack or due concern in serious environmental issues. Only explanation by learned Counsel is that the SPCB does not have sufficient infrastructure and that there is no cooperation by the District Administration. We are unable to accept this submission. If the SPCB is not having requisite infrastructure, there cannot be failure of rule of law. It is for the SPCB to augment its manpower to achieve the purpose for which such authority has been set up or wind up its operations."
The tribunal noted that in other matters orders were issued for filling up vacant posts. "If there is non-cooperation by the District Administration, the SPCB must take up the matter with the concerned authorities which is not shown to have been done," said the tribunal.
It directed the Member Secretary of the Board, to remain present in person and file a fresh report on the next date of hearing, January 24, 2020. A copy of this order be also sent to the Chief Secretary, State of Rajasthan for necessary action.