02 December, 2019
Syllabus subtopic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
News: In first panIndia operation Clean Art, raids carried out in U.P, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Kerala, 49 arrests made and 27 cases registered
Prelims and Mains focus: about Operation Clean Art, challenges in implementation, about WCCB
On October 24, 2019, about 200 officials, including policemen, gathered at Sherkot in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district.
It was a planned raid, not to apprehend criminals, but to check on organised factories that were making paint brushes with mongoose hair.
By the end of the day, ten manufacturing units in Sherkot were raided and approximately 26,000 brushes and over 100 kg of raw mongoose hair was seized. About 26 people were arrested in connection with illegal trade in mongoose hair.
Raids were carried out not only in Uttar Pradesh, but also at Jaipur in Rajasthan, Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, and in Kerala, on the same day.
Operation Clean Art
About Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB)
Wildlife Crime Control Bureau is a statutory multi-disciplinary body established by the Government of India under the MoEFCC, to combat organized wildlife crime in the country.
Under Section 38 (Z) of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, it is mandated:
In 2018, United Nation Environment (UNEP) awarded Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India with Asia Environment Enforcement Awards, 2018 for excellent work done by the Bureau in combating transboundary environmental crime.
Source: The Hindu
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