Hon’ble Mr. Justice Swatanter Kumar, Chairperson, National Green Tribunal visited IGNFA on 25th April, 2015.
He informed that the National Green Tribunal has been established for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests including enforcement of any legal right relating to environment and giving relief and compensation for damages to persons and property. The Tribunal's dedicated jurisdiction in environmental matters has been providing speedy environmental justice and helping to reduce the burden of litigation in the higher courts.
He also referred to Articles of Indian Constitution while pressing on the importance of Environment and Forests. He also emphasized the need to have a clear definition of “Forests”. He also discussed the practical cases inter-linking of rivers and pollution in river Yamuna in Delhi and vehicular pollution across the country. Pushing for a practical approach towards law implementation, he advocated a balance between development and environment. He also suggested further research in areas such as Forest Fire and effective implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Chairperson then dwelled upon “Doctrine of Necessity” and “Doctrine of irreparability of Damage to Nature”. He advocated application of three S’s. First S: Sensitivity towards Environment; Second S: Supervision & Surveillance, and the third S: Spreading entitlements and rights.
During his interaction with the Probationers, he emphasized the need to work with honesty and integrity for the development of the nation. He expressed his confidence that the high standards of professionalism of forest service would be maintained and further enhanced by the young officers being trained in the Academy.
He also released a Brochure entitled “2015-Future of REDD-plus” which contains a succinct brief of targets of REDD-plus and its future course of action.
The session was well attended by the IGNFA Faculty members, senior officers from ICFRE, FRI, CAS FoS, IFS officers trainees of 2013 & 2014 batches and SFS officer trainees from CASFoS.