Comments on: Electronic waste rules: In letter, but without spirit Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: maGiK Sat, 19 May 2012 14:17:07 +0000 Can’t believe! The rubbish piled into a heap once was a fast-selling computer shop in India.

By: Zirakpuria Sat, 19 May 2012 07:09:32 +0000 But the powers ruling India virtually have no time for this problem, as they mostly remain busy in safeguarding their ruling position in the present era of alliance politics in the country … !

By: rsingla003 Sat, 19 May 2012 06:45:31 +0000 It is important to make a point here that even the Water Act,1974 and Air Act,1981 are still not implemented properly at the grass root level in India…leave alone the rules under the EPA,1986(Municipal Solid Waste rules,Bio Medical Waste Rules,plastic rules,battery rules etc…) and now comes the e-waste rules…until there is proper implementation of the earlier said rules be there by the SPCBs…there wouldn’t be much change….

By: ManishShukla Sat, 19 May 2012 05:59:42 +0000 Framing the rule might have been honest attempt to be in the ‘select club of countries’ but that a waste of time, leave about the ‘waste’ (topic) which is under discussion of this article.

As a nation and living healthy society, a waste management system is needed. Only time will compel us to have a better e-waste management like to one which is there was normal-waste management. An intellectual and educated society can expedite its framing and smooth implementation, which India lacks at this point of time – may blame it on election gaga, political wins, name-sack frame it, priorities elsewhere, society unaware of grave dangers (like plastic waste), importance to electronic developmental rather to include e-waste management, and also to say fruitful business opportunities with clarify on most operational issues.

Need of the hour, be it for beginning, will be
a. clarity on rules / policy, with actionable procedures – who, when, what, why, how, etc. and also required penalty clauses.
b. engage all stakeholders starting with education and ending with deterrent actions for users as well as the products – like information being published in various media, preparing all vendors / suppliers / producers of electronic to have implement the collection and recycle policy.
c. Including current stakeholders of e-waste framework like scrap dealers, petty waste collector, etc. so they are encouraged to adhere the new e-waste management system.
d. regularly review the progress of policy implementation as well as amount of waste collection from producers / vendors and making those available to general public through websites.
e. finally crystallizing the progress into smart reports and progress summary, so as to evaluate cost-benefit of the system.

I like it can be done; only essence of time and urgency will take it forward.