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Punjab cabinet approves creation of directorate of environment and climate change

The directorate of environment and climate change will address issues related to biotechnology/biodiversity besides ensuring clean, green and pollution-free environment.

punjab Updated: Dec 20, 2017 17:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
Punjab Cabinet,irectorate of environment and climate change,Punjab State Council for Science & Technology
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In order to effectively check the menace of pollution, including that resulting from stubble burning, the Punjab cabinet approved the creation of directorate of environment and climate change on Wednesday.

The move will also help strengthen the system of environmental clearances given to industries, thus bringing greater accountability into the process.

The proposed directorate will address issues related to biotechnology/biodiversity and implementation of research/recommendations of the Punjab State Council for Science & Technology (PSCST), besides ensuring clean, green and pollution-free environment.

Giving details of the cabinet decision, taken under the chairmanship of chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, an official spokesperson said the directorate will be set up in the department of science, technology & environment and will focus on technical issues to curb pollution risks efficaciously.

The directorate will work in two separate divisions, environment and climate change, which will look after the strategy and policy issues and pollution control division will deal with the laws concerning environment issues and strict implementation of pollution laws. It will keep tabs on industrial air pollution, stubble burning, vehicular emissions and construction projects releasing particular matter in the air.

The department of science, technology and environment will be responsible for chalking out the strategy, policy planning, implementation and coordination with various agencies, including Government of India, state government departments, deputy commissioners, industry, investors, farmers, citizens and media.

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 17:55 IST