A recent news of the shifting of National Green tribunal to Delhi has annoyed many Goans specially the environmentalist and legal experts. This was sudden jolt to many citizen and environmentalist who are constantly fighting to protect the green environment of Goa.
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change issued a notification stating that all matters of Goa will be shifted to Delhi. The states of Maharashtra and Gujarat will remain under west zone at Pune bench. This seems totally illogical has Goa falls in Western zone of India. Earlier Tribunal cases were heard by the west zone at Pune bench.
The National Green Tribunal has been established on 18.10.2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010 for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources including enforcement of any legal right relating to environment and giving relief and compensation for damages to persons and property and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. It is a specialized body equipped with the necessary expertise to handle environmental disputes involving multi-disciplinary issues. [as per National Green Tribunal website]
More than 40 percent of the environmental cases were from aware citizens of goa and it was getting more popular every year.Moving the Tribunal to Delhi is a horrendous violation of our fundamental rights – argument was "its expensive for Goa govt to go to Pune NGT" THE COURT IS SET UP FOR CITIZEN'S Not govt . govt has lost all its credibility.In addition to: Making SOONEST POSSIBLE All citizens ( as associations/ NGOs/ whatever forum you have ) Take out press statements / conferences in your own capacities. All across this land : ALL voices will be HEARD. It doesn't need to be coordinated Pleeeeez PRIORITIZE People – I realise many things are going on & many of you fight day to day – THIS is what our collective preparations leads us toBIGGER picture of💛💚Goa💚💛 MUST BE SafeguardedThis is a CALL for all of us to do in our collective/individual capacities…… whatever it takes to make a NOISE – this cannot be. Our efforts count Each n Everyone. Mog asudhi .
Posted by Felly Gomes on Tuesday, August 22, 2017
[ A facebook video by Goan Environmentalist and social Entrepreneur Felly Gomes]
The National Green Tribunal started its Pune Bench, a dedicated environmental court in 2011. The Pune Bench had its jurisdiction over Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Daman & Diu since then. The Goan activist were putting forth their demands for Special tribunal in Goa since 40% of the tribunal cases were from Goa. However instead of making it easy for the citizens, Ministry of Environment is moving Goa related cases to Delhi.
The present Chief Minister and the government are said to be silenced about the whole issue. No doubt it said to be the one more step towards destruction of our natural heritage and environment. Its common sense, traveling to New Delhi to & for tribunal cases, wont be easy as the travel cost is exceptional more and the time taken is also more. This may be intentional decision to discouraged the cases coming from Goa, and benefit the real estate lobby wanting to invest in Goa.
THE COURT IS SET UP FOR CITIZENS – I hope the Government get this message clear and do what is beneficial for the citizen and not otherwise.