Slamming the Centre for filing an 845-page affidavit containing incomplete information about solid waste management across the country, the Supreme Court has said that it is not a “garbage collector”.
Refusing to take the affidavit on record, the apex court reportedly said, “What are you trying to do? Are you trying to impress us? We are not impressed. You are trying to dump everything on us. We are not going to accept it.”
A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said, “Don’t do this. Whatever junk you have, you dump it before us. We are not garbage collectors. Be absolutely clear about this.”
The bench directed the Centre to file a chart within three weeks indicating whether the states and union territories have constituted state-level advisory boards in accordance with the provisions of Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, reported new agencies.
It also reportedly directed the government to state in its chart the date the advisory boards were constituted in the states and UTs, names of members of the boards and also details of any meetings conducted by them.
At the outset, the counsel appearing for the Centre said they would file an 845-page affidavit in the matter during the course of the day. However, when the bench posed certain queries, the counsel was unable to answer them properly.