Shimla: Himachal Pradesh celebrates World Environment Day and decides to launch three ambitious schemes called HIM-XGN (XGN stands for Extended Green Node), Ban on use of all Polythene bags and Community Assessment Awareness Advocacy and Action Programme about environment.
After seeing the success of XGN in Gujarat, a team of IT professionals led by Harish Advani, Technical Director, NIC Gujarat, developed HIM-XGN for Himachal, which is implemented today. HIM-XGN is a web enabled E-Governance Solutions for Consent and Environment Management. This system has 15 modules out of which 13 have been made functional.
Out of 13 modules developed by NIC Gujarat, 10 modules have been frozen and largely cover area areas like Consent Management under Water and Air Acts, Authorization under Hazardous Waste Management Rules, Bio-medical Waste-Management, Cess-Management, Accounting, Legal, Administration etc., said Dr. Nagin Nanda, Member Secretary, State Pollution Control Board.
Chief Minister, Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, presided over the function and said that from 15th August, 2009, complete ban on polythene bag will come into force. Also all types of polythene bags will not be used in the State from 15th August. Himachal Pradesh was the first State in the Country to ban use of recycled polythene bag earlier, he added.
The Community Assessment Awareness Advocacy and Action Programme about Environment is also made effective from today and apart from these schemes Himachal has taken numerous initiatives to make Carbon Neutrality and environment protection as common man’s agenda. Dhumal also said that the spin-off effect of this endeavor would also help improving the Carbon Foot Prints by savings papers, fuel, mandays lost otherwise in the existing procedures and lead us towards the cherished goal of carbon neutrality.