Ranchi, Sept.30: At the time when environment has become a matter of concern for all due to global warming and danger on ozone layers besides others, the Indira Gandhi National Forestry Academy organized a plenary session on the theme on the Laws and environment, forest and wildlife in India-Judicial engagement and perspective—recent trajectory and prospective.
Lokayukta Justice D.N.Upadhyay delivered the plenary session address of the session and DGFS and MoEF&CC shared his reflection and experiences.
Justice Upadhyay in his session focused on the current status legal framework in the context of forest and environment. He also talked about anticipatory precautionary and compensatory regulations to establish a balance between sustainable development and environment protection. He emphasized on the Indian environmental jurisprudence with help of principles of environmental law protection.
According to him these principles are required for guiding human actions and activities in harmony with the environment. He stressed that continued tolerance of violation of law may lead to a society which is indifferent to such regulations and norms.
He quoted David Attenborough for his devotion and concern for environmental conservation. He urged the proactive role of executive and administrative agencies in performing their duties as statutaoty obligation.
He also emphasized the need for better co-ordination among various wings of executive machinery. He suggested that the new entrants and young filed officers should take such responsibility with full sincerity and zeal.
Director General of forest and special secretary Dr Sanjay Kumar also spoke as an eminent participant on this occasion. He reflected on the topic with his experiences and thoughts for reforms. He shared his concerns for the volume of cases related to the environment which are pending under prosecution.
Director of Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy Bharat Jyoti, additional director Sushil Kumar Avasthi also contributed in the session with their views and thoughts. The session was followed with an interaction from an array of participants from the service.
A large number of senior level officers, scientists attended the session through a virtual platform. Officers from the ministry, ICFRE, FRI, WII, IIFM, FSL, DFE, CASFOS, IFGTB and regional offices of the ministry had participated. Besides faculty and IFS (probationers) of 2019 –2021 course of Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy also attended the session.