|Rediff India Abroad Home | All the sections|
India cannot be a dumping ground for junk, waste: Ramadoss
October 20, 2007 22:32 IST
Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said on Saturday that he was still verifying the facts about the alleged export of bio-medical waste from the US to India.
Ramadoss said he had sought information from the Kerala [Images] government on the issue, adding that if the incident was found to be true, he would take it up in a 'big way'.
"India cannot be a dumping ground for junk and waste. It is a very serious issue. If true, we will take it to the highest level," Ramadoss said.
However, the minister admitted that he was not satisfied with the manner in which domestic bio-medical waste was being disposed. "We need to do a lot more. We are co-ordinating with the Environment Ministry and are giving subsidies to joint bio-medical waste disposal units," Ramadoss said.
He said that there had been successes in some states regarding the bio-medical waste disposal units but they still had a long way to go.
Earlier this month, three containers with about 65 tonnes of wastes were found by the Kerala Pollution Control Board officials to contain prohibited municipal wastes from New York including plastic and biodegradable substances as well as hospital wastes, sanitary pads and surgical gloves.
The KPCB had recommended to the Customs authorities that the shipments, which were supposed to contain waste paper meant for recycling, be sent back to the place of origin.
Last year, 12 containers of plastic waste shipped from the US were sent back.