NGT asks Centre to give funds for effluent treatment plant

Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, January 11

As a major relief to the Punjab Dyers’ Association, the National Green Tribunal, in its orders passed on Friday, has asked the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, to provide the industry with subsidy before January 31 for setting up a common effluent treatment plant here.

In case the Ministry fails to do so, appropriate action will be taken against the officials concerned, who dealt the case with the Punjab Dyers Association.

Punjab Dyers’ Association advocate IK Kapila told The Tribune that the NGT has made it clear to the Ministry that the subsidy amount should be given to the association as it had applied for the same much before than the scheme was scrapped.

The association had sent an application for subsidy in December, 2016, while the scheme got scrapped in May, 2017. When reminders were sent to the Ministry by the association, the officials concerned replied that the scheme was scrapped and their case would not be considered.

After getting negative response from the Ministry, the association approached the NGT, which on November 14, 2017, asked the Ministry to tell the association if there were any discrepancies and the application should be considered as they had applied for the subsidy much before the scheme was scrapped. But the Ministry did not bother to respond and it kept on maintaining that the application could not be considered.

The case was again taken up in the NGT Court by the association and during Friday’s hearing, the NGT said since the state government had also released an installment for setting up the plant, the Ministry should also put in its share of Rs 15 crore before January 31. In case it fails to do so, strict action will be taken against the officials concerned.

Welcoming the orders, Bobby Jindal from the Punjab Dyers Association said they were relieved. “We have every right to get the subsidy as we had applied before the scheme was scrapped but the Ministry did not bother to consider our case, following which we had moved the NGT,” said Jindal.

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