Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has imposed a fine of 1 crore on Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Beverages Private Limited. In addition, Coke, PepsiCo and Bisleri have also been fined.
What is the matter? Why fine?
according to media news, Patanjali has been fined one crore for not following the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules 2018. CPCB has given the company 15 days to respond. Patanjali spokesperson SK Tijariwala has declined to comment on the case. Apart from this, fines have been imposed on Coke, PepsiCo and Bisleri for not giving information about disposal and collection of plastic waste to the government body.
According to the report of Times of India, the plastic waste of Bisleri has been 21 thousand 500 tons from January to September 2020. At the same time, Pepsi had 11,194 tonnes of plastic waste. Coca-Cola had 4,417 tonnes of plastic waste. Due to this, a penalty of 10.75 crore has been imposed on Bisleri, 8.7 crore on PepsiCo India and 50.66 crore on Coca Cola Beverages.
Explain that Extended Producer Responsibility is a policy measure, based on which companies manufacturing plastics have to take responsibility for disposing of the product.
Meanwhile, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Chief Secretaries of all states and union territories to fill the vacant posts in the pollution control boards of the states within six months with qualified people and to start all the laboratories and Purchase necessary testing equipment.
A bench headed by Green Tribunal Chairman Nyaya Murti Adarsh Kumar Goel said that due to severe and needless delays in the appointment of fixed staff and modernization of laboratories, the environment is continuously suffering.
The tribunal asked the Central Pollution Control Board to assist and monitor the pollution control boards of the states in completing the appointments and modernization of laboratories within six months.