HC asks Jharkhand to review Maoist surrender policy, check coal pollution in Barkakana

  • | Saturday | 30th March, 2019

RANCHI: Jharkhand high court on Friday asked the state government to have a relook into its surrender policy for insurgents and initiate steps to curb pollution from coal handling in Barkakana ( Ramgarh ). The villagers have staged several agitations in the past but the administration has not taken steps on the issue so far,” Hemant said. The next hearing in the case is on May 3.”In another PIL, filed by activist Anil Nayak, the court ordered the Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) to take measures to check pollution caused due to loading and unloading of coal at a railway siding near Pochra village under Barkakhana area of Ramgarh. The division bench comprising Chief Justice Anirudhha Bose and Justice H C Mishra also asked the JSPCB to file an affidavit on status of pollution in the area.“The order came after the lawyer representing the JSPCB admitted before the court that pollution level in the area was acute. I filed a rejoinder pointing out the weaknesses in the policy while stating that criminals could use its provisions as an incentive,” Shikarwar said, adding, “The court on Friday said the state government should form a committee comprising members from the government and non-governmental organisations to review the policy and file a report on its findings.

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