MAINS SELF STUDY GUIDE: Insights Mock Test – 24 (GS-4)
Insights Mains Offline Test Series 2015
GENERAL STUDIES – 4
Mock Test – 24
25 November 2015
- The State Pollution Control Authority advises the Sunshine Chemical Corporation that it has 90 days to apply for a permit to discharge manufacturing wastes into a local river, regarded by locals as sacred.
In order to convince the Authority that it will meet the environmental standards, the Sunshine Corporation employs Ravi, an engineer, to perform consulting engineering services and submit a detailed report. After completing the studies, Ravi concludes that the discharge from the plant will violate environmental standards and that the corrective action will be very costly to Sunshine. Ravi verbally notifies the company, which terminates its contract with Ravi with full payment for the services performed. It instructs Ravi not to render a written report to the corporation.
A short time later, Ravi learns that the Authority has called a public hearing, where the Sunshine Corporation will present data to support its claim that the present plant discharge meets minimum standards. At the same time, media reports that the Sunshine Company is under huge debt and is on the verge of closing its operations.
What, if anything, should Ravi do now? Is Ravi obliged to report the violation of environmental standards to the Authority? Justify. (250 Words)