The report ‘Transparency Index — Rating of Pollution Control Boards on Public Disclosure’ was issued by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a Delhi-based non-profit. In the country, there are 28 state pollution control boards (SPCB) and six pollution control committees (PCC) that publish pollution data on their websites. The CSE has issued a report/index that evaluates how transparent these SPCBs and PCCs are. This study assesses the information provided by SPCBs/PCCs over the previous four years (2016–21) and employs a number of metrics to offer a more comprehensive picture of the type and amount of data shared.
On the information disclosure parameters evaluated, almost 60% of the bodies had a score of less than 50%. Only 14 boards received a score of more than 50% in the index. Odisha, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Goa, Karnataka, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, and Rajasthan are the states in this group. According to the index’s findings, most government entities are not transparent enough with publicly available information. Information about board operations, such as measures taken against polluting companies, public hearing statistics on proposed projects, and so on, is rarely released or are not even available on public websites.
Pollution control bodies in Odisha and Telangana are among the best performers (67 percent ). With 65.5 percent transparency, Tamil Nadu came in second, while Madhya Pradesh came in third (64 percent ) West Bengal came in fourth place (62 percent ) Goa came in fifth place (60.6 percent ). Only five boards, including Haryana, have made their board meeting minutes available on their websites. Only five SPCBs, including Himachal Pradesh, have given information on their inspections.