80% of CPCB green funds unused: NGT told

Syllabus: GS-III, Subject: Environment, Ecology and Disaster Management, Topic: Indian Initiatives, Issue: Green Funds.

Context: Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) spending of green funds.

  • It has only used 20% of Environment Protection Charge (EPC), and Environmental Compensation (EC).
Environmental Protection Charge (EPC):

·         It is a fee imposed by the Supreme Court of India on new diesel vehicles with an engine capacity of 2000 cc and above that are registered in Delhi-NCR.

·         This fee is collected to combat pollution and is directed to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

Environmental Charge(EC):

·         It is a fee imposed to cover costs associated with environmental schemes related to the sale of electricity.

·         It’s typically a fixed percentage of all invoice charges, excluding certain other charges and taxes

Prelims Connect (Institutions in News)

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB):

  • It is a statutory organization under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  • It was established in 1974 under the Water Act, 1974.
  • The CPCB is also entrusted with the powers and functions under the Air Act, 1981.
  • It monitors air and water quality.
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