BJP slams bill to set up Green Tribunal
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Last Updated: Monday, March 15, 2010, 22:46
New Delhi: BJP on Monday slammed a bill that seeks to set up a Green Tribunal for disposal of ecology-related cases, saying it would discourage environment-friendly people from coming forward with their issues as costs would be imposed for the same.

Initiating a debate on the National Green Tribunal Bill 2009 in the Lok Sabha, Anant Kumar Hegde (BJP) said the body proposed to be set up would be nothing but a club of retired IAS officers.

He said there was a mismatch between the government's claims and provisions of the bill.

Referring to the fact that the Tribunal would have the right to levy any amount of cost on litigants, Hegde said it would be "unconstitutional" and would discourage environment- friendly people from coming forward with their issues related to ecology.

He also referred to a reply of the Environment Ministry to an RTI application and said the ministry had accepted that no consultation was done with experts before bringing the draft legislation in Parliament.

The bill, tabled in the House in August last year, seeks to set up a National Green Tribunal with powers of a civil court for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection, and conservation of forests and natural resources.

It provides for ensuring enforcement of any legal right relating to environment and relief and compensation to persons for environmental damage.

The Tribunal shall consist of a full-time chairperson, full -time judicial members and a number of experts.


First Published: Monday, March 15, 2010, 22:46

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