Cabinet Endorses Several Policies

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Cabinet Endorses Several Policies

first_imgThe Cabinet has endorsed the National Investment Commission’s Public-Private Partnership Policy with a suggestion for additional input by the Ministry of Justice.The cabinet made the endorsement at a meeting held recently in Monrovia, the Executive Mansion said in a release.On disseminating new regulations on the missing Liberian Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) biometric passports, the Cabinet mandated the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice to conduct independent studies on whether the proposed regulations fully meet international standards and are in line with legal requirements.The Cabinet also mandated the two ministries to work with the Ministry of Transport to resolve a few outstanding issues including an update of license plates for motor vehicles.Also following the Civil Service Agency’s update on Contributory Pension Scheme, the cabinet noted that it is an area that has long been lacking in our governance structure. It also suggested that more time was needed to make substantive proposals on the way forward.On performance updates from the High Level Committee Secretariat on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the just-ended 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Cabinet endorsed the recommendations to hold a roundtable meeting bringing in all the stakeholders, including the National Legislature, civil society, media, and what role they can play to customize the document by determining targets aligned with the country’s Agenda for Transformation.The Cabinet also suggested that a Secretariat be established to modify the document and follow-up with its implementation.On the initiative to pave 51 kilometres of roads in Montserrado County and its environs, the Cabinet also endorsed the initiative, but urged the Ministry of Public Works to work with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Public Procurement and Concessions Commission, and other stakeholders to thrash out all the bottlenecks for the smooth implementation of the projects beginning this dry season.Meanwhile, the Cabinet has endorsed the establishment of a Presidential Taskforce on City Beautification that will be chaired by the Director-General of the General Services Agency, Mary T. Broh.Other members on the committee are representatives from the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Youth and Sports, Information, Finance and Development Planning and the Liberia National Police.Other representatives are the mayors of all the cities as well as district commissioners across the country.They have a one month mandate running from November 15 to December 15, 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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No HC relief for owners of polluting brick kilns

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court has rejected a plea for protection to brick kiln owners who had failed to switch to the newly mandated emissions technology across the State.The Punjab government had issued orders directing that all brick kiln owners convert their polluting units to new norms by September 30, beyond which no conventional brick kilns would be allowed to operate.Several brick kiln owners had approached the court against the State government’s orders, but in their resumed hearing on Thursday, a Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Rajeev Sharma and Justice H.S. Sidhu refused to grant any relief to them.CPCB guidelinesIn the previous hearing on October 1, Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda had placed before the court details of the State government’s orders and directives, arguing that these were in compliance with the guidelines of the Central Pollution Control Board, various circulars of the Punjab Pollution Control Board as well as orders passed by the National Green Tribunal dated January 22, 2019.According to the State government’s orders, brick kilns found continuing to operate without converting to the new technology will be required to pay compensation on the ‘polluter pays’ principle, amounting to ₹25,000 per month for a kiln with a capacity of more than 30,000 bricks per day and ₹20,000 per month for kilns with a capacity of less than 30,000 bricks per day.In their petition, brick kiln owners stated that they were in the process of converting to the new technology but it was taking time due to lack of trained persons..last_img read more

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