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There is good news on the environment front for Green warriors.

Happy anniversary to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF)! April 2011 saw the completion of the first year of the ministry's promise to ensure green justice for one and all.

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For all its visible activism, it is not clear why the Union environment ministry has remained slow in activating the National Green Tribunal (NGT) which came into being in October 2010. No appointments have been made to the NGT after Parliament passed the NGT Act last October. The ministry has also not yet framed the rules under the Act.

CHENNAI: A student of the School of Excellence in Law has filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court seeking to declare the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Act 2010 as unconstitutional.

In his public interest litigation petition, M. Naveen Kumar, studying B.A., B.L. (Hons) course here, said that the Act received Presidential assent on June 2 this year.

The National Green Tribunal Act 2010 approved by the President of India on June 2, 2010. It provides for establishment of National Green Tribunal- a special fast-track court for speedy disposal of environment-related civil cases.

New Delhi: The long-pending National Green Tribunal (NGT) Bill was passed in Lok Sabha after environment minister Jairam Ramesh accepted some key amendments to the proposed legislation that parliamentarians cutting across party lines had suggested.

Special courts to try forest cases

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 on Friday.

After receiving several national level institutes, the city of lakes will now have the National Green Tribunal, which would be the judicial authority to deal with environmental related damages. The tribunal will be located at IIFM Bhopal.

The National Green Tribunal Bill was considered by the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests following which they made certain recommendations in their report dated 24th November 2009. A summary of the recommendations made and proposed to be accepted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

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