10 May 2016 Current Affairs: The Ministry of Environment and Forests on 9 May 2016 launched a web-based application on Integrated Waste Management System (IWMS). The system’s web address is www.iwms.nic.in.The government launched the system for better management of waste. The user-friendly application is capable of tracking the movement of hazardous waste.
Objectives of the Integrated Waste Management System : To enhance transparency in the working of the Ministry and other Centre/State level regulatory bodies.To reduce the time taken for processing applications, seeking various types of permissions under the recently notified waste management regulations.
Application : People to apply and get online permissions for import and export of certain categories of waste, which is for reuse or recycling or recovery or co-processing.Authorities in web-based processing, generation and grant of various types of certification/permissions to the entrepreneurs and industries.In implementing concept of paperless/green office.The system has inbuilt arrangements for uploading the supporting documents/annexure, along with the online applications.In providing an insight to the number of authorization/certificates granted under consent to establish, or consent to operate, from time to time across the country. In enabling user agencies to check the fate of their application any time through this web-based portal.In generating database on waste generating/processing industrial units under construction, or operation by consolidating the information regarding Consent to Establish, Consent to Operate and Authorization, import/export permission .In generating data base on different categories of wastes generated viz hazardous, biomedical, municipal, electronic, and more.
Benefits of the web-based application : Availability of State-wise and national database on generation of various types of waste and number of waste generating/ processing industrial units in the country at one place. It will bring more transparency in the functioning of the Ministry and other State Authorities.Conversion of the current legacy paper house to a green office.Single Window Access , which will bridge the gap between industries and other waste generators, recyclers, operators of disposal facilities, SPCBs/ PCCSs, CPCB, municipalities and the concerned ministries for environmentally sound waste management of such wastes.Quick decision on applications by the authorities.Better coordination and availability of information with the User Agencies (entrepreneurs/industries), Central and State authorities that will further help in achieving the objectives of Ease of Doing Businesses and Make in India, significantly. Encapsulation of all the information from state bodies and provide consolidated information at one place.