Take Steps To Better Utilise Funds For Pollution Abatement: Parliament Panel To MoEF
A parliamentary panel asked the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) to focus on initiating necessary steps to avoid underutilisation of funds for pollution abatement.
The recommendation came after the ministry in its action taken report said that the reasons for underutilisation under the scheme were non-receipt of competitive proposals meeting criteria for funding, duplication of schemes in other ministries and funding being not attractive to investors among others.
"The committee notes hopes that the steps taken would help address the challenges of environmental pollution in a holistic manner.
"The ministry should also focus on initiating necessary steps to avoid underutilisation of funds," the department-related parliamentary standing committee on science and technology and environment and forest in its 308th report said.
For the underutilisation of funds, the ministry said that it has reviewed and revamped the schemes. This includes merging Assistance for Abatement of Pollution, CETP and Clean Technology (CT) into 'The new proposed scheme of pollution abatement'. The new scheme lays emphasis on awareness, capacity building activities, demonstration projects for upcoming technologies, result oriented and time-bound R&D studies for control and abatement of pollution.
The ministry also said, during 2016-17, the scheme was under restructuring and the focus was on completion of ongoing projects which could not funded due to non-receipt of complete documents and utilisation certificates and the previous releases.