Minister of Environment and Forests Ramchandra Sahni have joined the bandwagon of ministers who have lodged protest with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar about departmental secretaries not following their orders.
Sahni said at a public function that his orders were not being obeyed. And he made this admission at a function organised for the release of 'State of Environment Report, Bihar", where Secretary of the Department of Environment & Forests Shishir Sinha, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Bashir Ahmed Khan and Chairman Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB), were present on the dais with the Minister.
Talking about river Burhi Gandak that flows through his home district, West Champaran, the Minister said, "I have issued several directives to my officers asking them to check pollution of the river by effluents that are routinely discharged into the river by sugar mills and distilleries of the area. Unfortunately, my officers have done nothing about it so far. As a result, aquatic life of the river is under serious threat."
As soon as the Minister had finished his speech, Environment & Forests Secretary Shishir Sinha and BSPCB Chairman Parshuram Ram decided to launch a damage-control exercise and said inspections will be conducted twice and show-cause notices had been served on the erring factories.
The BSPCB chairman gave the assurance that the factories responsible for the pollution would not be given 'no objection certificates' if they did not comply with pollution control standards laid down by the BSPCB.