New Delhi, October 4th: With the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in full swing, an area which demands attention is management of electronic waste or e-waste.

As the increase in generation of e-waste and its dumping in India are becoming a major concern, the National Green Tribunal has sought response from the Centre on a plea alleging rampant violation of e-waste management rules notified in 2011.

A Bench headed by Justice U.D. Salvi issued notices to the Ministry of Environment & Forests, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and others while posting the matter for October 13.

The Tribunal was hearing a plea by NGO Toxics Link which claimed that tonnes of second-hand or used goods are being dumped in India, leading to a pile-up of e-waste.

The NGO sought direction to the Directorate-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) to submit a report on the exact quantity of goods being dumped in the country under the Export Import Policy of India (2013-2014).

The petitioner quoted from a Rajya Sabha report which said, “India had been a destination for industrial wastes.”

The NGO also sought information on how these used goods were being recycled and if the same is being done in an eco-friendly manner.

e- waste Rules-2011 apply to every producer, consumer or bulk consumer involved in the manufacture, sale, purchase and processing of electrical and electronic equipment or components.

Source: The Hindu