By Accommodation Times Bureau
After facing flak from the National Green Tribunal for appointing an unqualified chairperson for the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), the state has asked 1991batch IAS officer Milind Mhaiskar to head the board as he is an engineer.
Mhaiskar is currently heading the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).
The board is responsible for implementing various environmental legislations and plan programmes for the prevention, control and abatement of pollution.
In its previous order passed in August last year, the NGT had said that the post of the chairman of the state PCB requires ‘sensitivity and responsibility’, as the environmental status of the state would depend on him.
On June 8, the NGT had ordered the removal of the chairpersons of the state pollution control boards of ten states, for failure to meet ‘requisite qualifications’ for the post.
In Maharashtra, Additional Chief Secretary (environment) and senior IAS officer Satish Gavai, the chairperson of MPCB, was directed to leave his post.
At that time, Gavai had said, “We will be filing an appeal before the Supreme Court against the order. We are also in the process of first seeking a stay, so the administrative work of the MPCB, for which the chairperson is responsible, does not come to a grinding halt.”
It was after this that the state decided to appoint Mhaiskar as the head of the board as they felt that he met the qualifications for the post.
Mhaiskar is a BTech in chemical engineering from IIT Bombay. On Monday, he was given additional charge of the state pollution control board.
In another key appointment, IAS officer of the 1991 batch Deepak Kapoor was appointed as chief of the Slum Rehabilitation Authority. He was earlier principal secretary of skill development.
The post of additional chief secretary of health department will soon fall vacant after the retirement of Vijay Satbir Singh. The state has appointed Pradeep Vyas as principal secretary.