E-waste management – Capacity building for government employees funded by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) often organises capacity building of government employees in e-waste management. The training is funded by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity).

About the program:

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has awarded a project to NIELIT titled “Capacity Building of Government Employees through 1/3/5 Day Training Program under Digital India” in 10 identified states, i.e., Assam, Bihar, Goa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal & Puducherry. For more details, click here (Official link).

Where and for whom?

On 21st March 2018, NIELIT organised the capacity building at State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT), Kohima. NIELIT had organised similar events in Odisha, Manipur and West Bengal in 2017.

For further details on different events of NIELIT, click Odisha event (2017), West Bengal (2017), Manipur (2017) and West Bengal (2018).

The number of participants from various government departments and institutions were more than 100. The training was conducted by Engineers and E-Waste trainer. The previous events had 13-123 participants and the event ranged from one to five days.

Why such training program?

The training is focused on E-Waste Management Rules 2016, with special focus on producer. Under 2016 rules, the producer is responsible under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). The government is also involved in creating awareness to public and government employees on disposal and proper management of e-waste.

The training also focus on disposal, collection, refurbishing, dismantling and recycling of e-waste.

Takeaway:

Electronic Waste is a hazardous waste and in India, we lack recycling capacity and infrastructure for safer recycling. Due to lack of awareness on the danger of electronic waste and monetary value, the e-waste is unintentionally leaked to the unorganised sector. The 2016 guideline focused on the producers and made them liable for the products sold by them through Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). The capacity building program by the government and various awareness programs are essential to increase the knowledge of the government employees and spread the knowledge to general public through them.

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