TOWARDS ECO-CITY DRIVE: GOVT PARTNERS WITH NASSCOM FOR E-WASTE MANAGEMENT IN BHUBANESWAR
Chief Secretary emphasized on awareness at basic level and making e-waste management project economically viable.
Bhubaneswar, 7th Dec; (By Biswaranjan Mishra)-Carrying forward the earlier decisions of Govt for e-waste management drive, Govt has entered into a partnership with National Association of Soft Ware and Services Companies ( NASSOCOM) , Manufacturing Association of Information Technology ( MAIT) and Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Govt of India for control and management of e-waste in the city of Bhubaneswar. A workshop to this effect was organized here today in the premises of hotel New Marrion involving different stake holders. Addressing the workshop as Chief Guest Chief Secretary Sri Aditya Prasad Padhi said that cities need to be kept clean and free of waste burdens so as to make them attractive for economic activities. Sri Padhi added, ‘urbanization creates more employment opportunities and we have to keep them clean through appropriate waste management plan to attract more job creators and employers to the city. Emphasizing upon awareness from the time of childhood he asked the Forest & Environment Department to initiate a special awareness drive in close collaboration with School & Mass Education department and higher educational institutions. He also advised to make e-waste management project an economically viable option so that professional agencies take up the work in a scientific and systematic manner. He opined that producers of the electronic gadgets should take up major responsibility for disposal awareness along with their sales campaign.Sri Padhi also advised BMC to prepare a step to step road map to tackle e-waste issues. Development Commissioner and Chairman State Pollution Control Board Sri R. Balakrishnan addressing the workshop e-waste management need to be taken up as a ‘defining moment & decisions’ in the history of modern nation making as it has massive consequences for the future. He queried whether there was any effective model being followed in any country for appropriate management of the e-waste. Joining the Workshop Principal Secretary Forest & Environment Sri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said that e-waste is an important and emergent issue because of its environmental impacts. Govt is ready to prode financial assistance for scientific management of the e-waste. The inputs from this workshop would be utilized for preparing a concrete action plan for the State of Odisha. Speaking on the occasion, Municipal Commissioner BMC Sri Krishan Kumar said that as per directions of the Chief Secretary BMC is on its way to roll out e-waste and plastic-waste management plan along with smart city management plan. The issue has also been discussed with IFC for partnership. BMC has floated Expression of Interest ( EoI) notice. Four numbers of environmental engineers have also been engaged by BMC out of whom one engineer has been engaged exclusively for e-waste management. Member Secretary State Pollution Control Board Sri Debidatta Biswal presenting the welcome address said that state has already initited various steps for e-waste management. This present workshop has been organized to workout précised work plan. As of now around 9500 eco-clubs have been formed in various educational institutions throughout the State who would be young ambassadors for the State. The workshop was held in 3 different sessions. Eight different stake holders were identified for spread of awareness. They were students in schools and colleges, businessmen in informal sector like daily market , manufacturers, refurbishes, dealers, bulk consumers including Govt offices, Corporations, Resident welfare associations. It was decided that the awareness campaign would be carried forward during 15th December. 2016 to 31st March, 2017. The impact report of the programme shall be prepared by April, 2017 for consideration of both State and Central Govt. The representatives from manufacturing associations, producer companies, NASSOCOM, CEAMA
along with senior officers from the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Housing & Urban Development, Forest & Environment Department participated in the workshop. The experts and scientists made presentations on various technical, administrative and managerial aspects of e-waste management.