National Green Tribunal to be set up: Ramesh
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Last Updated: Friday, April 02, 2010, 19:08
  
Bhopal: A National Green Tribunal that would have special courts to try cases related to environment and forest, would be set up once Parliament gives its nod, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said Friday.

"The discussion of setting up National Green Tribunal has already begun in Parliament and once both the Houses gives approvals, specialised courts for trying cases under environment and forest laws will be set up in the country," Ramesh told reporters after the seventh convocation of the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM).

"It will be like circuit-bench of the courts and four such benches in different regions of the country including Bhopal will be set up," he said.

The Minister expressed hope that it will become operational by the end of this year.

Referring to the formation of National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA), he said he will present a Bill for the same in Parliament in August and this will take care of implementation of laws related to environment.

He clarified that after NEPA comes into existence, the Central and State Pollution Control Boards will focus on testing aspects while monitoring of environmental laws, licensing and administrative part would come under the purview of NEPA.

To a question on the division of Environment and Forest Ministry, he said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is also of the opinion that under the ministry separate departments of forest and wildlife and environment should be created so that both can focus on their respective fields in a better way.

The Minister also informed that for the first time in the country the 13th Finance Commission has granted a special grant of Rs 5,000 crore to the states for the conservation of forests, adding the states can consider it a 'Green Bonus'.

The IIFM report played a crucial role in getting this Rs 5,000 crore grant, Ramesh said.

As demanded by the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Orissa among others that they should get more funds for retaining forest cover, MP has been provided Rs 490 crore for the conservation of forest and wildlife, he said.

After Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh got the maximum allocation for the conservation of its forest and wildlife, the Minister said.

He also said he has sent a proposal to President Pratibha Patil that like police, forest officials and employees should also be awarded with President's Gallantry Medal on Republic Day.

PTI


First Published: Friday, April 02, 2010, 19:08


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