NGT raps U.P. govt. over incomplete data on hospitals

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday rapped the Uttar Pradesh government for not providing data on the number of hospitals and health centres in the State. Directing the State government to furnish a performance guarantee of ₹10 crore, the green panel directed the U.P. government to furnish a compliance report within one month.A Bench headed by NGT judicial member Justice Raghuvendra S. Rathore said, “You are not able to tell the total number of hospitals. What sort of functioning is (this)? We fail to understand… it reflects the [lack of] seriousness and responsibility which the State of U.P. has towards the issue.”The observations came while the green panel was hearing a plea that sought directions to shut down hospitals, nursing homes and health centres in the State that are not complying with relevant biomedical waste rules.During the hearing, the State’s Directorate of Medical and Health informed the tribunal that the figure of 5,240 is incomplete and surveys are currently under way in several districts. Authorities further informed that the entire process will take two months to be completed.One month time“In order to ensure that all concerned officers could be serious about the issue and collect the data on hospitals, we grant one month time to do the needful, provided they execute a performance guarantee of ₹10 crore within a week,” the bench said.The plea had contended that indiscriminate disposal of biomedical waste was adversely affecting public health and environment.last_img

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