National Green Tribunal on Monday asked state governments not to appoint anybody to the post of Chairman and Member Secretary in their respective pollution control boards, for the time being.
It expressed surprise over the "arbitrary" manner in which the office bearers of all state pollution control boards were being appointed without following a criteria.
In an order, panel headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said, “"All the state governments are directed not to appoint Chairman and Member Secretary of state pollution control boards till the matter is decided by us."
Tribunal had last year asked Ministry of Environment and Forests to submit detailed information about members and office bearers of all State Pollution Control Boards on their designation, experience and qualifications.
Order came while hearing an appeal by Uttarakhand resident Rajendra Singh Bhandari, who had challenged the constitution of state pollution control boards saying that people who do not qualify are appointed as Chairman, Member Secretary and Members of boards.