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National Green Tribunal Bill, 2009: Proposals for Improvement

The government is to introduce in the winter session of Parliament legislation to give effect to a suggestion made by the Supreme Court over the years: establishment of "green tribunals" which would deal with environmental litigation. If they are to be effective, these green tribunals must insure the costs of bringing properly evidenced litigation, enable all affected people to bring challenges, avoid delay, ensure the objectivity of tribunal members, and guarantee the enforcement of tribunal orders.

Whither the National Environment Appellate Authority?

While the National Environment Appellate Authority was set up as an independent body to address cases in which environmental clearances have been granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, it has failed to serve as an effective redressal mechanism to address the grievances of aggrieved citizens. This is primarily because of the faulty composition of the NEAA, alongside the non-appointment of the chairperson and vicechairperson. The future of the NEAA looks bleak and its usefulness as a quasi-judicial authority must be in doubt.

Mining in the Niyamgiri Hills and Tribal Rights

The Orissa government's agreement with Vedanta Alumina to allow mining of bauxite deposits in the Niyamgiri hills, the home of the Dongaria Kondha tribe, is an example of how corporate interests backed by state support are trampling on tribal livelihoods and threatening an ecologically rich and important region.

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