CJ Stresses On Need For Environmental Awareness 

SRINAGAR — The Chief Justice (CJ), Gita Mittal, Thursday said that it was “imperative that people are educated about the legislations” on protection of environment to safeguard the environs.

Justice Mittal made these remarks at the plantation drive function which was organized by the department of floriculture in collaboration with the State Legal Services Authority, here at Emporium Garden of Government Arts and Emporium.

Explaining the connection between the court and plantation drive, the CJ said legal services is an integral part of ensuring court’s access to the justice for a common man. “The Legal Services Authority (LSA) is an act which mandates in encouraging legal literacy and the issue of environment falls in the ambit of legal literacy,” Mittal said.

The Chief Justice said that people should know the framework which legislation has provided to ensure the maintenance of the environment.

She urged for the need to create awareness “about the environment, plantation, water, air, animals and everything which encompasses ecology.”

Exhibiting her concern “over the issue of global warming”, Justice Mittal said the impact of global warming “is felt world-over.” “In Kashmir itself the effects of the global warming are felt with melting and shrinkage of glaciers, unwarranted floods, and unwarranted high temperature,” she said.

“It is absolutely imperative that people are educated about the concerns of the environment and more importantly about the legislation related to the environment,” she said.

The CJ said instead of calling it as plantation drive, it should be referred to as the “movement”. It is a good beginning, which needs to be carried forward by each individual at their end, she said.

“We are all conscious of the contribution of trees and plants to generate oxygen for us to breath. We are aware with the manner in which trees encourage condensation and result in rains, how they prevent soil erosion and how much they contribute,” Justice Mittal said.

As part of the legal literacy programme of J&K Legal Service Authority, which is headed by Justice Alok Arade, the CJ said that they have conceptualized the programme where children will be educated in this regard. “We want to educate the child as the child is the adult of tomorrow and child will stay with the plants and nature with much longer and hopefully they will carry the message further,” she said.




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