//Kerala gears up to tackle e-waste

Kerala gears up to tackle e-waste

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Finance Minister Vakkom Purushothaman Monday announced that the government planned to take steps for effective management of e-waste generated in the state.

Purushothaman was replying to a query in the state assembly by Congress legislator P.T. Thomas."We realise the potential threat of e-waste and will soon convene a meeting of information technology (IT) experts to discuss the steps that need to be taken before the matter gets out of hand," said Purushothaman. Public health expert C.R. Soman expressed satisfaction over the government’s moves and said that it should not mean having just another department where bureaucratic red tape would accomplish very little. Soman said that Kerala had an average of just 20 computers for every 1000 households as compared to 740 computers per 1000 households in the West. "The need of the hour for the government is to launch an awareness drive on the steps needed to be taken to dispose e-waste," added Soman.