16th December 2019, Delhi:
The Energy Maharatna, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Limited added another glory to its kitty bagging S&P Platts Global Energy Award 2019 for Corporate Social Responsibility - Diversified Program. ONGC is the only Indian company to bag honors from Platts this time across all categories.
The Award ceremony was held on 12 December 2019 in Cipriani – South Street in New York City.
The S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards 2019 recognizes corporate and individual innovation, leadership, and superior performance in 21categories spanning the entire energy value chain. The award was judged by an independent panel of international energy experts. They evaluated the finalists based on the criteria listed for each category. Also, they considered the companies’ profiles and financial performance in the designated timeframe.
Tata Power Delhi Distribution is also a recipient of award in the same category. Other prominent corporates who were nominated in the category were CNOOC, Cox Enterprises, Grupo T-Solar Global, Netherlands Development Finance Corporation (FMO), PTT Global Chemical, Southern Company, Xcel Energy. ONGC beat these competitors and came out with flying colors. With this award, ONGC represents the ‘best in the industry’ in CSR.
Another Central Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, GAIL (India) has been awarded in the Corporate Social Responsibility - Targeted Program category. GAIL (India) is an integrated energy company in the hydrocarbon sector with focus on gas and beyond.
15th December 2019, Delhi: The Ministry of Coal has decided to establish a ‘Sustainable Development Cell’ in order to promote environmentally sustainable coal mining in the country and address environmental concerns during the decommissioning or closure of mines. This move gains significance as the new private entities are now going to form a significant part of the future, a set of guidelines for proper rehabilitation of mines need to be evolved in tune with global best practices.
The Sustainable Development cell (SDC) will advise, mentor, plan , and monitor the mitigation measures taken by the coal companies for maximising the utilisation of available resources in a sustainable way, minimising the adverse impact of mining and mitigating it for further ecosystem services and will act as nodal point at Ministry of Coal level in this matter. This cell will also formulate the future policy framework for the environmental mitigation measures including the Mine closure Fund.
The SDC envisages to address the environment mitigation measures in a systemic manner and to provide a better environment to people working and residing in the vicinity of Mines.
14th December 2019, Delhi: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired the first meeting of the National Ganga Council in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh today.
The Council has been given overall responsibility for superintendence of pollution prevention and rejuvenation of River Ganga Basin, including Ganga and its tributaries. The first meeting of the Council was aimed at reinforcing the importance of a ‘Ganga-centric’ approach in all departments of the concerned states as well as relevant Central Ministries.
Prime Minister, while reviewing the progress of work done and deliberating on various aspects of cleaning river Ganga with a focus on ‘swachhta’, ‘aviralta’ and ‘nirmalta’. He observed that Maa Ganga is the holiest river on the sub-continent and its rejuvenation should embody a shining example of cooperative federalism. Prime Minister said that rejuvenation of Ganga has been a long pending challenge for the country. He noted that a lot had been accomplished since the Government took up ‘Namami Gange’ in 2014 as a comprehensive initiative integrating various government efforts and activities with the aim of pollution abatement, conservation and rejuvenation of Ganga, notable achievements being zero waste creation by paper mills and reduction in pollution from tanneries; but much more needs to be done.
For the first time, the Central Government had made commitment of Rs. 20,000 crores for the period 2015-20 to the five states through which Ganga passes, to ensure adequate as well as uninterrupted water flows in the river. Rs. 7700 crores have already been spent so far, prominently for construction of new sewage treatment plants.
Prime Minister emphasized that an improvement framework for Nirmal Ganga would require fullest cooperation from the public at large and greater awareness through dissemination of best practices from cities situated along the banks of national rivers. Efficiency of District Ganga Committees should be improved in all districts, in order to provide a effective framework for expeditious implementation of plans.
The Government has set up the Clean Ganga Fund (CGF) to facilitate contributions from individuals, NRIs, corporate entities for funding Ganga rejuvenation projects. Hon’ble PM has personally donated Rs. 16.53 crores to CGF, from the amount realized from auction of the gifts he received since 2014 and the prize money of the Seoul Peace prize.
Prime Minister urged for a holistic thinking process where ‘Namami Gange’ evolves to ‘Arth Ganga’ or a sustainable development model with a focus on economic activities related to Ganga. As part of this process, farmers should be encouraged to engage in sustainable agriculture practices, including zero budget farming, planting of fruit trees and building plant nurseries on the banks of Ganga. Priority could be given to women Self Help Groups and ex-servicemen organizations for these programs. Such practices, along with creation of infrastructure for water sports and development of camp sites, cycling and walking tracks etc , would help to tap the ‘hybrid’ tourism potential of the river basin area- for purposes of religious as well as adventure tourism. The income generated from encouraging eco-tourism and Ganga wildlife conservation and cruise tourism etc. would help to generate sustainable income streams for cleaning of Ganga.
For monitoring the work progress and activities from various schemes and initiatives under Namami Gange and Arth Ganga, PM also gave directions for the setting up of a Digital Dashboard where data from villages and urban bodies should be monitored on a daily basis by Niti Ayog and Ministry of Jal Shakti. Prime Minister also said that like aspirational districts, all districts bordering Ganga should be made a focus area for monitoring efforts under Namami Gange.
14th December 2019, Delhi: This is with reference to the article published on 13th December, 2019 titled ‘Not many lessons learnt from water planning failures’ regarding Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA), a people’s movement (as acknowledged by the author) in the most water stressed blocks of India to improve their overall water availability by effectively utilising the opportunity offered by the monsoon season. The article contains several factual inaccuracies that require clarification to get a proper perspective on the JSA which was carried out in identified districts for four months from July to November involving all States in two phases.
The article asserts that the JSA is modelled and driven by sporadic success stories achieved through NGO experiments instead of reference to watershed management and groundwater prospect maps. However, the author seems unaware of the fact that Integrated Watershed Management Programme is one of the key programmes identified for convergence under JSA, and the claim that the JSA interventions are not scientific is factually incorrect.
The article expresses that the selection of geographies for the JSA was non-scientific, and instead based purely on administrative district boundaries. This is also factually incorrect. The selection of districts and blocks under JSA was based on the Central Ground Water Report ‘National Compilation on Dynamic Ground Water Resources of India, 2017’ which is the latest data available on the status of groundwater in India. The report identifies India’s districts and blocks that are over-exploited or critical, and these were taken up under the JSA. The level of planning and preparation for this very important initiative is that a senior officer of the Government of India of the level of Additional Secretary or Joint Secretary, representing all Ministries and Departments of GoI, worked with the district officers, and these senior officers were duly aided with technical inputs from experts of the Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Central Water Commission (in which the author himself is a Director), Central Soil and Materials Research Station, Central Water and Power Research Station, National Institute of Hydrology and the office of the Principal Scientific Advisor.
The article makes a strange claim that the recharge of groundwater may come at the cost of surface water and vice-versa. The author seems unaware that the JSA aimed at both recharge of groundwater aquifers as well as rejuvenation and augmentation of surface water conservation structures like tanks, ponds, lakes, traditional water bodies, etc. It is surprising that the author, being a technical officer himself, does not seem to be aware of the fact that the base flow in the rivers is contributed primarily by the groundwater, and that both surface and groundwater are part of the same hydrologic cycle.
The article also raises baseless doubts about the quality of the structures constructed under the JSA. He seems unaware of the fact that each of these structures are to adhere to the standards as per the individual programme guidelines issued by the respective Ministries/ Departments/ State implementing agencies, all of which are based on scientific construction norms.
Contrary to what the article mentions, the JSA actually has a very robust impact monitoring mechanism. Four specific outcome parameters have been identified and States will be measuring them periodically over the next few years. These are (i) Increase in groundwater level; (ii) Increase in surface water storage capacity; (iii) Increase in the soil moisture in the farm land; and (iv) Increase in area covered with plantation and number of samplings planted. Each officer who visited the district identified and geo-tagged specific structures under each of the five intervention areas for measuring the outcomes of the program. The data received from them is currently being analysed by a team led by the Principal Scientific Advisor.
And finally, the article speaks of the JSA being only a rural phenomenon, and not focusing enough on farmers education for less water intensive crops. Both of these claims are factually incorrect. First, Urban districts were also a part of the JSA, monitored by the M/o Housing and Urban Affairs. And second, farmers education was a significant part of the JSA with thousands of Krishi Vigyan Kendra Melas having being organized across the country, focusing majorly on moving to less water intensive crops. These were very well received by the farming community and were one of the major successes of the program.
The JSA has successfully raised the level of awareness of water conservation for all stakeholders, and the momentum generated needs to be sustained for the long term benefit. Articles like the one in question baselessly undermine the tremendous effort of lakhs of people involved in taking this first major step towards making water conservation a jan andolan.
The Central Water Commission (CWC) stated that as on 12.12.19, Country's major reservoirs are holding up 142.671 BCM ( Trillion Litres) of water. This storage is much better than last year & 10 year's average storage.
CWC is a premier Technical Organization of India in the field of Water Resources and is presently functioning as an attached office of the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India.
13th December 2019, New Delhi:
In response to the questions raised by Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, MP regarding studies regarding Global Warming, a Statement was laid on the Table of the Lok Sabha, today, the Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Chnage, Shri Prakash Javadekar. It states that non-climatic drivers such as water withdrawals; rate of economic development and urbanization; land use change or natural geomorphic changes, etc..challenge the sustainability of water resources. The fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change also noted that end to end attribution, from climate change to impacts on freshwater resources is not attempted in most studies. Attribution of observed changes in ground water level, storage or discharge to climate changes is also difficult owing to additional influences of non-climatic drivers. As part of the first and second National Communications submitted to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Ministry conducted studies on impact of climate change in India which are summarized in the ‘Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation’ chapters.
Government of India, Ministry of Jal Shakti is implementing various programs and scheme on conservation of the water resources in the Country. Jal Shakti Abhiyan has been launched, which is a time bound campaign, with a mission mode approach intended to improve water availability, including ground water conditions in the water stressed blocks of 256 districts in India. In this regard, teams of officers from Central Government along-with technical officers from Ministry of Jal Shakti were deputed to visit water stressed districts and to work in close collaboration with district level officials to undertake suitable interventions. National Hydrology Project is being implemented, with World Bank assistance to improve the extent, quality and accessibility of water resources information and to strengthen the capacity of water resources management institutions in India. This will ensure availability of reliable, real-time and continuous data for informed decision making. For this purpose, modern technologies like Lidar mapping, Real Time Data Acquisition System through telemetry, SCADA system for Water Resources management and advanced information technology based information system are being used.
As per the Special Report on ‘The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate’ released in September 2019 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), since about 1950; many marine species across various groups have undergone shifts in geographical range and seasonal activities in response to ocean warming, sea ice change and biogeochemical changes, such as oxygen loss, to their habitats. This has resulted in shifts in species composition, abundance and biomass production of ecosystems, from the equator to the poles. However, in some marine ecosystems, species are impacted by both the effects of fishing and climate changes. The report also states that the coastal ecosystem are affected by ocean warming, including intensified marine heat waves, acidification, loss of oxygen, salinity intrusions and sea level rise, in combination with adverse effects from human activities on ocean and land.
Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has also been entrusted to carry out the climate change impact studies on Indian marine fisheries sector through multiple projects viz ‘National network project on climate change’ (2004-2007), ‘National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture’ (NICRA) (2010-2020) funded by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change funded project entitled ‘Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Adaptation Strategies for Marine Fisheries of India’ (2017-2020). The preliminary investigations reveal strong correlations of sea surface temperature change with abundance of marine plankton species, fish eggs and larvae. The studies of marine fauna reveals that variations in oceanographic parameters- sea surface temperature, current speed, wind and rainfall, etc. do have influence on the food and feeding, maturity and spawning, distribution range, abundance and catch of several marine fish species.
11th December 2019, New Delhi:
A BASIC Ministerial Joint Statement at the 25th session of Conference of Parties under the UN framework convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC COP25), in Madrid, Spain was declared on 11th December 2019.
The Ministers of the Brazil, South Africa, India and China group (BASIC) met during the 25th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, on 10th December 2019. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, and attended by H.E. Mr. Ricardo Salles, Minister of the Environment of Brazil, H.E. Ms. Barbara Creecy, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries of the Republic of South Africa, and H.E. Mr. Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Information and Broadcasting of the Republic of India.
Ministers underlined that COP25 should achieve outcomes listed in 8 points. Ministers highlighted that BASIC countries are implementing ambitious climate actions based on their national circumstances and have achieved great progress, contributing significantly to global efforts in combating climate change. The document has highlighted that India has already achieved a 21% reduction in emission intensity of GDP in 2014 compared to 2005 levels, thereby achieving its pre-2020 voluntary target.
11th December 2019
Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD) today inaugurated a dry waste processing plant at Mithapur, an initiative launched under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign. Dr Narender Kumar Meena (I.A.S.), Collector & District Magistrate, Devbhumi Dwarka graced the inauguration event with his presence and was accompanied by Mr. Ashok Dani, Head – Projects & Technical Services at Tata Chemicals Mithapur, Mr. D B Shukla, DGM, HR & Admin at Tata Chemicals, Mithapur and TCSRD team.
The Dry Waste Management Plant will process three types of plastic wastes: industrial, municipal and scrap. Part of the processed product will be supplied to the local cement plant, which will use them as fuel, supporting the circular economy concept. TCSRD has always taken proactive steps to drive waste management initiatives including collection, segregation and safe disposal of plastic waste as per Extended Producer’s responsibility norms.
“We are pleased to announce the launch of Dry Waste Processing Plant at Mithapur. This dry waste management plant is a part of TCSRD’s plastic waste management (PWM) programme that has been undertaken to make communities sustainable. On the sustainability front, our objective has always been to go beyond compliance requirements,” said Ms. Alka Talwar, Chief of CSR and Sustainability at Tata Chemicals.
“While this Unit in Mithapur will help in recycling the plastic waste to a good extent, it is also important to note that protecting the region's coastal zone by not dumping plastic wastes in the sea is the duty of every citizen. We are happy to associate with Sampurnearth Environment Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a social enterprise working towards breaking the non-cyclic process of waste management and our implementation partner for the Mithapur waste management unit. TCSRD is also thankful to the local municipalities including Okha and Dwarka, for offering their support to this project,” Ms. Talwar added.
To create a sustainable entrepreneurship model, TCSRD reached out to local people engaged in waste collection and has supported them in the incorporation of Self Help Groups (SHG). Currently, the plant is processing about 1 tonne of plastic waste per day. The plan is to increase processing capacity up to three tonnes per day in future. So far, the plant has also created employment opportunity for 16 people, including 9 women.
Before the setting-up of this dry waste unit, TCSRD carried out the ‘Clean & Plastic Free City’ campaign in Dwarka for six-months in order to raise plastic waste awareness programme among the local community and in the process also mapped waste congregated in Okha, Mithapur and Dwarka.
7th December 209, New Delhi:
The National Green Tribunal in its order published on 6th December 2019 with regard to Original Application No. 673/2018 on the issue Remedial action for 351 polluted river stretches in India has reiterated its order dated 28.08.2019 in O.A. No. 593/2017 "100% treatment of sewage may be ensured as directed by 31.03.2020” at least to the extent of in-situ remediation and before the said date, commencement of setting up of STPs and the work of connecting all the drains and other sources of generation of sewage to the STPs must be ensured. If this is not done, the local bodies and the concerned departments of the States/UTs will be liable to pay compensation as already directed vide order dated 22.08.2019 in the case of river Ganga i.e. Rs. 5 lakhs per month per drain, for default in in-situ remediation and Rs. 5 lakhs per STP for default in commencement of setting up of the STP.
The project focused on water conservation, in line with the Government of India’s ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’
Continuing its commitment towards community development, Canon India, one of the leaders in the imaging space, introduced a unique initiative ‘Canon Impact League’, under its umbrella theme of ‘Canon India Involve’. The initiative was introduced to drive more concerted efforts towards ensuring community development through extensive employee engagement. As part of the initiative, a fundraising walkathon was organized by Canon India for its employees, wherein they were invited to walk for a cause and were also motivated to lead healthy lives. The activity was organized to drive developmental activities to further boost the impact of Canon India’s flagship project ‘Adopt a Village’, under which the organization has adopted 4 villages across India i.e. Maheshwari in Haryana, Karanjoti in Mumbai, Sol Gohalia in Kolkata and Maharaja Katte in Bangalore.
According to a press release by the company, the walkathon resulted is raising Rs. 29 Lakh as the employees covered 113,000 kilometers over the course of 45 days. The sum collected was invested for developmental activities in Maheshwari Village, including setting up of rainwater harvesting system & groundwater recharge project, along with installation of new eye care machine at the Vision Center and revamping of toilet in the school premises. In line with its 4Es CSR policy and focusing on the Environment, the rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge project is an ambitious initiative from Canon India, benefitting almost 25,000 people. The project has been launched in alignment with the larger focus on water conservation, which is in line with ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’, an initiative by Government of India. Furthermore, the money raised was also utilized for shoe donation drives conducted for the children across Canon India’s adopted villages along with SOS village homes in Faridabad and Hyderabad.
To inaugurate the various projects and execute the shoe donation drive, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO, Canon India visited Maheshwari Village in Haryana, along with Mr. Gary Lee, Vice President & CFO, Canon India and Ms. Shikha Rai, Vice-President, HR, Canon India.
Speaking about the CSR endeavors of Canon India, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO of Canon India, said, “At Canon, we are deeply involved in meaningful, welfare driven initiatives that impact lives and pave way for the holistic development of all our adopted villages. In line with our corporate philosophy of ‘Kyosei’ which is embedded in our day-to-day operations, we feel that it is our collective responsibility to give back to the society and create self-sustaining communities. Over the course of our association with the adopted villages and SOS village homes, we have undertaken several developmental activities to make the communities empowered and future-ready. With the ‘Canon Impact League’ initiative, I am delighted to have witnessed such active participation from all the employees towards the cause of community development. It gives me immense pride to see the outreach of our CSR initiatives touch more and more lives every year. Going forward, we intend to further strengthen the vibrant culture of social responsibility that already exists in the organization by involving our families in our CSR initiatives, calling it ‘Canon India Involve-Family’.”
Sharing his thoughts on the latest initiative, Mr. Gary Lee, Vice President & CFO, Canon India said “It has been our consistent endeavor through our CSR initiatives to bring forth considerable and measurable changes in the community we operate in. Through our ‘Adopt a Village’ initiative, we have been successful so far in contributing towards a sustainable future for the community, with the support of our stakeholders. At Canon, CSR is extremely close to everyone’s heart and we consider these villages as our extended families, hence each and every Canon employee is genuinely involved towards their social elevation. As an outcome, what counts the most for us are the smiles we help in spreading in society. Going forward, we are confident that we will further amplify our CSR initiatives and empower more communities.”
Speaking about the employee engagement through Canon Impact League initiative, Ms. Shikha Rai, Vice President, HR, Canon India said “At Canon, employees have always played a pivotal role in driving our CSR initiatives in line with our commitment of giving back to the community. With their support and voluntary participation in community welfare programs, we have been able to drive a positive impact across all our adopted villages. Through our new ‘Canon Impact League’ initiative, we wanted employees to take a positive step towards a healthy and fit lifestyle, along with contributing to the overall development of the villages. In line with our mantra ‘Keep Fit. Do Good’, it was heartwarming to see each and every employee enthusiastically come forward and build a closer connection with the community at large. We are positive that our endeavors will be instrumental towards a better and brighter India.”
Canon India’s CSR endeavors are driven by their corporate philosophy of ‘Kyosei’, which mean the ‘spirit of living and working together for the common good’, which is considered foremost in the organization’s way of working and day-to-day operations. However, their definition of the word is much broader and encompasses “all people regardless of their race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together for the common good.” Moving forward with this philosophy, they believe in standing in unison when it comes to their commitment to the community and strive to make a positive impact in the society and the environment. The organization is involved in various community welfare programs aligned with their 4Es CSR policy implying Education, Eye Care, Environment and Empowerment, in an effort to build progressive self-reliant communities. Along with ‘Adopt a Village’ project, the organization is also associated with SOS Children’s Village across the country to encourage and support the overall development of children in these villages.
4th December 2019, New Delhi:
The Green School Project, an initiative by the A Great Place to Work-Certified Tata Steel in association with The Energy Research Institute (TER) to spread awareness about environment issues in school campuses, made its presence at the United Nations Climate Change Conference for the second year in a row.
The 25th meeting of Conference of Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is ongoing in Madrid, Spain.
A session on ‘Green Education: joining hands to address Climate Change’ was hosted by Tata Steel in association with TERI on 3rd December at the India Pavilion at COP25, Madrid. The keynote address was delivered by Mr C K Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India.
This was followed by a talk by Mr Saurabh Bharadwaj, Fellow & Area Convener, Earth Science and Climate Change, TERI. He apprised the audience on India’s climate change vulnerability and shared his analysis on climate risk modelling. He emphasized on leveraging the power of youth in India to take impactful action in the sphere of environmental protection.
A plenary session on ‘Sustainability Insights: Corporate Learnings’ was also held where Ms Aparajita Agarwal, Sr. Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel, also participated. Ms Agarwal spoke about the sustainable practices adopted by Tata Steel to abate emissions. She highlighted that sustainability is integral to Tata Steel’s ethos and value systems. Ms Agarwal also spoke about Tata Steel’s SDG initiatives, and the Company’s efforts to test new groundbreaking technologies to reduce emissions.
The platform showcased ‘The Green School’ project, a joint initiative of Tata Steel and TERI which promotes environmental stewardship to enhance critical and interdisciplinary thinking through formal and informal modes of teaching. This project is being implemented in 34 schools across operational areas of Tata Steel in Jharkhand and Odisha.
““The role of responsible corporate citizens in spearheading the transition to a sustainable economy is very vital. Addressing climate change is everyone’s responsibility and we all need to join hands to make our earth greener and better. Our Green School Project is a unique initiative in that direction,” said Mr. Pankaj Satija, Chief, Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel.
Ms Neha, Fellow TERI, spoke on ‘Beyond Textbooks, Creating Awareness about Climate Change’ wherein she focused on the importance of using informal methods of teaching to spread the message of a green future. She shared the project learnings, achievements and way forward on creating a template to replicate the project at the national and international level using green curriculum and distinct pedagogy. The attitudinal and behavioral changes brought about by the project were also presented.
A handbook developed as a part of the Green School project, enlisting the gaps in the school green curricula was shared with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to consider for implementation at the national level. A short movie on the ‘Green School’ project was also screened at the end of the event. The project was well received by government officials, academia and event participants – all of whom recognized the immediate necessity of focusing on green education and joining hands to address the climate change challenge.
21/11/2019, New Delhi: Delhi Jal Board Vice Chairman Shri Dinesh Mohaniya on Thursday cited serious procedural lapses in the BIS Report on Delhi's Water Quality in a Press Conference held at the Delhi Secretariat. He also questioned the rationale of assessing the water quality from just 11 samples for a city with two crore population. “Violation of the Standard of Procedure (SoP) in testing the water quality in Delhi erodes the credibility of BIS”, said Shri Mohaniya.
"The samples were completely manipulated. We have got the details of those 11 samples. The first sample is from Deepak Kumar Roy. When we contacted him, he categorically told that no water sample was taken from his address! The second and third samples were taken from Shri Ram Vilas Paswan's house and office respectively. The fourth sample is from the address of Ms. Pooja Sharma, the Vice President of Lok Janshakti Party. The next sample was taken from Mr. Ilyasi's house, and he testified that no BIS officials, but LJP workers procured the sample! Another sample was taken from the address of Mr. Roop Kishore which in fact doesn't exist! Why water samples were collected only from people associated with one party? Why LJP workers, not BIS officials collected the samples?" Mr. Mohania asked, while detailing the violation of Standard of Procedure (SoP) in testing the water quality in Delhi by BIS.
"We also got the BIS report. Neither the range nor the details of the findings of individual samples were given in the report. No standard procedures were followed in the process. It erodes the institutional credibility of BIS tasked with assessment of quality and standardization of other products", said Mr. Mohania.
"We have taken samples from the same 11 places and the testing is in progress. Biological treatment as part of testing takes 48 hours, hence the results are awaited. Once the findings are ready, we will make them public. No one should be panic about the water quality in Delhi. DJB further plans to collect large number of samples from various parts of the city and media also will be invited while collecting the samples. We work transparently and as per the Standard of Procedure, therefore the DJB assessment of water quality is highly reliable and as per the WHO norms ", Mr. Mohania assured.
“Every year, DJB tests lakhs of water samples. The clearance rate is comfortably within the WHO norms. Third party tests including those of the Central government PSUs validate the DJB tests. Even the samples taken by the BJP ruled MCDs also passed the quality tests”, Shri Mohaniya added.
"Today, in the Press Conference Shri Paswan claimed that he himself didn't collect the samples and conduct quality test, but BIS officials did. The Union Minister needs to be more responsible. Who will responsible if BIS officials collect the samples wrongly without following the SoP. How the Union Minister can quote wrong data in the Parliament? Will you take disciplinary action against the erring officials?” Shri Mohaniya asked. “This is a political vendetta to malign the good works done by the Delhi Government and to create an issue just before the Delhi Assembly Elections”, Shri Mohaniya added.
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