Ministry wants more role of environment dept in checking pollution

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:02, Feb 12,2019

 
 

Environment, forest and climate change ministry high officials on Monday said the environment department should do its best to check pollutions with its existing strength.
Speaking at an exchange of views at DoE auditorium in Dhaka, they directed the DoE officials to settle environment certification and the department’s recruitment issues within shortest possible time.
Newly appointed environment, forest and climate change minister Shahab Uddin expressed his frustration over DoE’s inefficiency in addressing air, water and noise pollution.
‘Despite rules and regulations, hill cutting as well as stone extraction through illegal ‘boma machine’ is still going on. Dhaka dwellers cannot sleep well due to intolerable noise, even at night,’ he said.
Citing that the concerned ministry would extend financial support for commercial production of the environment-friendly jute bag, Shahab Uddin said that the DoE should enforce total-ban on hazardous polythene bags.
The newly appointed deputy minister for environment, forest and climate change, Habibun Nahar, said no new industrial project would be allowed within 14km radius of the Sunderbans.
She said that the government would ensure installation of state-of-art machinery at the Rampal Coal-Fired Power Plant.
DoE director general Sultan Ahmed, discussing on his power-point presentation, said that half of the department’s approved manpower was discharging duties with limited resources.
He briefed the ministry’s high officials about DoE-led environmental conservation projects.
DoE director Ziaul Haque requested inter-ministry coordination to address adverse environmental impacts by development projects.
Another DoE director Mohammad Solaiman Haider said the government should introduce environment cadre service through the Public Service Commission as the department needed efficient staffers.
Environment, forest and climate change secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury said DoE’s existing manpower should work effectively to gain people’s appreciation.

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