Authenticity of Environmental Data

This article highlights the provision of inaccurate data by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in India. The CPCB identified a four polluted stretches of a river (Ganga) running into 550 kilometers. A geographical look into these stretches shows that the actual length is 926 kilometres.Effectively the CPCB finds only 22 percent of Ganga polluted while the actual would be 37 percent.

As policies as formulated based on data collected by government agencies, it becomes crucial that this is accurate.

How can data collected by the government agencies be monitored effectively? Is a third party investigation needed? Is community monitoring of these data an effective method?

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