DETAILS OF BUSINESS TRANSACTED BY THE DEPARTMENT:
A. Establishment matters:
1. IFS Cadre review, Ex-Cadre post creation and creation of temporary Cadre.
2. Direct Recruitment of Assistant Conservator of Forests and Forest Ranger (through APSC)
3. Promotion of all Forest Officers like IFS, AFS etc.
4. Nomination of SFS to IFS Officers.
5. Transfer & Posting of all Forest Officers.
6. Central Deputation of IFS Officers and Vice-versa.
7. Confirmation of Service/Periodic Increment/Joining time extension.
8. All matter relating to Earned leave/Commuted leave/Medical Leave.
9. Voluntary Retirement.
10.Posting under Central Staffing Scheme.
11. Training of newly recruited State Forest Officers.
12. Departmental Proceeding.
13. Pension matters.
14. Sanction of GIS and Leave encashment.
15. Service Rules.
B. Matter related to Reserved Forest & Protected Areas:
1. Notification of Reserved Forest
2. Notification of Proposed Reserved Forest
3. Notification of Wildlife Sanctuary
4. Notification of National Park
5. Forwarding of Eco Sensitive Zone (ESZ) to MoEF & CC, Govt. of India for Notification.
6. Notification of Wetland.
C. Brief description of the schemes indicating the main objectives, components and beneficiaries:
Forestry is a vital sector of the State and it is a very important component of social sector in terms of goods and services it delivers. The forest & tree cover in Assam as per the latest assessment by Forest Survey of India (F.S.I.) is 36.09% (as per latest Report, 2021) of the geographical area both within and outside the notified forest areas. The concept of extension forestry initiated in the early eighties under State Plan has percolated down fairly in terms of extent of forest cover outside the notified forest areas.
The thrust areas identified by the Department are as below:
D. Brief description of PCBA and Activities :
Pollution Control Board, Assam is an autonomous statutory organization constituted on 2nd June, 1975 under the provision of section 4 of the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act 1974 with a view to protecting the environment and preventing and controlling the pollution of water and air in the State of Assam, occupying a prominent niche in progressive and industrial development of the country.
The primary activities, functions and responsibilities are based on as per provisions of the Acts & Rules, and the Board has been performing following activities within the State of Assam.
1. Comprehensive programme on Water and Air Pollution Control and Execution thereon in line with Pollution Control Laws, Guidelines, Regulations of the Country.
2. Advice and liaison with the State Government on any matter concerning environmental pollution, siting industries, etc. including continuous monitoring of pollution status of the industrial and other sources.
3. Collection and dissemination of data and information on pollution and environmental problems and preparation of reports thereon.
4. Collaboration with the Programmes of the Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, State Government, NGO’s and other organizations relating to pollution control and environment and organise Mass Education Programmes.
5. State level implementation of all National flagship programs, like NAMP, NWMP, NCAP, elimination of Single Use Plastic (SUP), etc.
6. Besides implementing the Water and Air Act, the Board has been giving serious emphasis on the implementation of the Environmental Protection Act, 1986 and Rules framed thereon.
7. Special emphasis has been laid on the implementation of Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016, BMW Rules, 2016, C&D Rules, 2016, E-Waste management Rules, 2016 as well as The Batteries (Management & Handling) Rules, 2001.
Efficient and expedite consent management for enabling industries and entrepreneurs to continuously operate their industries and support the economic growth of the state.
8. Inspection and Monitoring of sewage, trade effluent sites, industries, various industrial, plants and Sewage Treatment Plants.
9. Monitoring of industrial / trade effluents, water bodies, air and soil, and laboratory analysis thereon.
10. Environmental education to public, students and others, and publication of mass-education materials for awareness and capacity building.
Enforcement of the provisions of the aforesaid rules and monitoring thereof.
Service provided to the client group:
The Board has been providing service to the industries through Expedite Disposing of their consent application, which are enabling them to continuously operate their industries as well as getting support from their financial institution.
The Board also has been extending its technical support and advices to various Government agencies in the matter related to works related to environmental issues.