The National Green Tribunal has directed all States and Union Territories (UTs) to explain within a week whether appointments of chairmen and member secretaries in State pollution control boards have been made as per the guidelines stipulated by it.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar warned that if the reply is not filed by them within the requisite time, it would impose a cost of Rs. 25,000 on each defaulting State or UT.
“All the State governments and the UTs shall file a specific reply within one week on whether they have complied with the directions contained in the judgment of the tribunal of August 24, 2016.”
The matter was listed for next hearing on July 12.