<p><br>The notification also puts an age limit on the appointment with the KSPCB chairman having to be less th…Read More
BENGALURU: After nearly four years, since the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had first laid down the guidelines for selection of state pollution control boards, the Karnataka government has decided to notify the norms for selections to the chairman post of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB).
The June 19 notification issued by the government effectively states that KSPCB chairman appointments can no longer be political appointments, as is the case with all boards and corporations in Karnataka.
As per the norms laid down: “No person shall be eligible for being considered for nomination as the Chairman unless he/she possesses a master’s degree in environment science or a Master’s Degree in environment engineering or an equivalent degree or allied sciences from a recognized University or institute and has knowledge and experience in areas related to environmental protection or has been a part of administration in a Government Department or Organization or University or Institute dealing with environmental issues (including issues of air and water pollution, waste management, natural resources management and environmental impact assessment).”
The notification also puts an age limit on the appointment with the KSPCB chairman having to be less than 56 years in age at the time of applying for the post.
Further, it also states a mandatory formation of a three member search-come-selection committee headed by the chief minister and has the forest, environment and ecology minister and chief secretary as members.
The notification has also laid down norms for selection of members that bars any “unrelated” appointments to the pollution control board.
As a result, the non-official members to the board have to represent or possess special knowledge or practical experience in Agriculture or Fishery or Forestry or Industry or Trade or Engineering or any subject related to Natural Resource Management and Control of Pollution and has practical experience in the aforesaid field.
It may be recalled that in 2016, under the then Siddaramaiah government, a real estate developer was appointed as the chairman and later it followed suit during the coalition regime with incumbent BJP medical education minister K Sudhakar being appointed for the same role.
However, Sudhakar was forced to step down after a high court directive clearly stating his appointment was not done following the norms.