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Justice Swatanter Kumar • first NGT chief

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Justice Swatanter Kumar, Chief of National Green Tribunal
  • Justice Swatanter Kumar is B.A., LL.B. He was born 0n 31.12.1947.
  • Justice Swatanter Kumar on Thursday became the first chairperson of the National Green Tribunal.
  • Justice Swatanter Kumar, a Supreme Court judge, also earned the distinction of becoming the first apex court judge to take over as the head of the National Green Tribunal after demitting his judgeship.
  • The National Green Tribunal is the apex body constituted under a 2010 Act for deciding cases pertaining to environmental protection and conservation of forests and natural resources.
  • The National Green Tribunal was till date functioning without a full-time chairperson.
  • His appointment comes days after Chief Justice Altamas Kabir conveyed to the Centre his agreement with predecessor Justice S H Kapadia’s recommendation for appointment of Justice Swatanter Kumar as the National Green Tribunal(NGT) chairperson.
  • The government had earlier sought certain “clarifications” from Justice Kabir over appointment of Justice Swatanter Kumar despite Justice Kapadia’s recommendation. Subsequently, a Supreme Court Bench, which is adjudicating a matter relating to appointment of members to the tribunal and proper functioning of the NGT, had taken exception to the government’s move.
  • It had questioned Additional Solicitor General A S Chandhiok’s submission that the appointment of the NGT chairperson had not been notified since the file had been re-sent to the new CJI for some “clarifications”.
  • The Bench had asked for a categorical undertaking from the Centre as to by when it intended to appoint the new chief and make the NGT properly functional. On December 12, government’s counsel told the court that the NGT chairperson’s appointment shall be notified within four weeks.


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    Depletion and degradation of public resources like water by one person shall impact quality and quantity of goods left for others and future generations.
    To make the nation green, let the rivers flow clean!
    To provide a clean, pure and green environment to the people of India with inclusive growth and sustainable development.
    To clean up the sacred rivers and other water bodies and restore their original glory.

    • To provide employment to vulnerable and disadvantaged sections of society.
    • To protect and improve the natural environment including lakes, rivers etc.
    • To sensitize the people of our country to preserve our dying sacred rivers and water-bodies.

    Every day, 42,000 kg flowers enter Delhi, which means 12 lac 60 thousand kg in a month and 1.51 lac 20 thousand in a year. Besides that, an equal amount of pooja materials such as derelict idols and images of Gods and Goddess, Chunni, Agarbatti and dhoop packets, coconut shells, etc..But there is no account where do these flowers and other materials end up. More often than not, these ceremonial flowers and Pooja samagries find their way into rivers. Clandestinely or brazenly people dispose of these flowers and other pooja materials into the rivers. This is one of the sources of polluting and choking the Yamuna and other rivers. A pertinent question arises:

    • What happens to these flowers, after they get dried next day or in a few days?
    • Why do people throw these flowers into the rivers?

    It is obvious that this pooja material is put in a polybag and disposed of into the sacred rivers. Secondly, people’s belief, according to Hindu mythology, is that ceremonial flowers should be disposed of into the sacred river. Therefore, efforts for preventing people doing the same have not achieved the desired results so far. It is a matter of faith and needs sensitive handling. It is true flowers in themselves do not pollute the rivers but the poly bags choke the river and restrict the flow of water. Therefore, we have devised a plan to recycle these materials without offending the religious beliefs and practices of the people. The recycling of these materials will provide employment to lakhs of people without offending their religious sentiments.
    GOPI DUTT AAKASH [ President ]

    • Thanks for the comments. We hope that this appeal be considered seriously by the relevant authorities. Our appeal is that everybody should contribute towards the nation building in any and every way they can. Your efforts are appreciated.

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