Jharkhand High court seeks reports on disposal of medical wastes

  • Saran Bedanti, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Jul 08, 2015 09:36 IST
A rag picker sifts through a mound of bio-medical waster in Ranchi (Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)

The Jharkhand High Court on Tuesday pulled up the authorities concerned again for not making proper arrangements for disposal of bio-medical wastes.

The court sought a detailed report from director-in-chief, health department, chief executive officer, Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) and Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) in this regard.

The court also wanted to know the number of hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories and pathology centres operating across the state and how many of them had valid licences.

The court asked the state pollution control board what action it had taken against the hospitals, nursing homes and other such units which were causing pollution.

Ranchi Municipal Corporation has to inform the steps taken by it for the disposal of bio-medical wastes emanating from hospitals. The authorities were asked to submit their reports within two weeks.

Pulling up the government, a division bench of chief justice Virender Singh and justice PP Bhatt said the court could not shut its eyes towards the issue.

The court asked the member secretary of the JSPCB, who appeared in person on Tuesday, to take appropriate action against those violating the norms. In response to a court’s query, the member secretary said the pollution board was not empowered to cancel the licences of hospitals and nursing homes.

Taking serious umbrage at the lack of bio-medical waste disposal systems in the government and private hospitals across the state, the court on Monday had directed the government to shut down within 24 hours all such medical units which did not conform to the pollution norms and was running without no-objection certificates.

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