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‘Transparency Index: Rating of Pollution Control Boards on Public Disclosure’

Published on August 17, 2021
Current Context: The report on a study titled ‘Transparency Index: Rating of pollution control boards on public disclosure’ was released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
‘Transparency Index: Rating of Pollution Control Boards on Public Disclosure’
  • The report has assessed the data disclosure performance of 29 state pollution control boards (SPCBs) and six pollution control committees (PCCs) across India.
  • The State Pollution Control Boards of Odisha and Telangana are ranked at 1st position as per the report rankings.
  • Out of the total state pollution control boards and pollution control committees , only 17 have scored 50% or above in terms of Transparency.
  • The 17 of them are: Odisha, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Goa, Karnataka, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.
  • To analyse the transparency for the report, CSE collected data from two sources namely, the websites of SPCBs/PCCs and their annual reports.
  • The information for the study was considered during the 2016-21 tenure.
  • The indicators of the study are: Availability of information on direction/show cause/closure notices issued by boards, information on public hearings and EIA reports, non-attainment cities and polluted river stretches etc.
  • The Odisha State Pollution Control Board and Telangana State Pollution Control Board have marked the transparency of 67% each and thus are at 1st ranks.
  • Static Part: 
    • HQ of CSE: New Delhi
    • DG of CSE: Sunita Narain

Question: 

Q.1 Which state’s pollution control board topped in a study titled ‘Transparency Index: Rating of pollution control boards on public disclosure’?
a. Odisha
b. Meghalaya
c. Telangana
d. Both (a) and (c)

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