Justice Pasayat for environ protection as a constitutional mandate

Bhubaneswar, Jan 2: Former Supreme Court judge Justice Arijit
Pasayat on Monday opined that protecting and conserving environment should be a
constitutional mandate.
Delivering the 16th edition of Nalco Foundation Day Lecture
Series on ‘Environment & Progress: Issues & Challenges,’ here at Nalco auditorium,
the Vice-Chairman, Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Black Money stressed on
role of Indian legislature and judiciary in preventing the threats of
modernization and pollution on environment.
He said that environmental protection has now become a matter
of grave concern for human existence.
“Therefore, protecting
and conserving environment should be a constitutional mandate. There is constitutional
imperative on the Government bodies not only to ensure and safeguard proper
environment but also an imperative duty take adequate measure to promote,
protect and improve the environment,” he added.
While introducing the topic, Nalco CMD Dr Tapan Kumar Chand
quoted the Atharva Veda stating “Mata Bhumi Putro Ahamprithivya”.
While citing that our relationship with environment is like
the relation between a mother and child, he called upon the mining fraternity
to move from mere mining to scientific and sustainable mining. ‘Mining with the
mind’ is needed to bring the society onboard so that mining is done to obtain
minerals for development and growth, environment is protected and promoted and
society prospers and progresses.
He reiterated that as a responsible CPSE, Nalco, along with
its business, have been laying emphasis on the promotion and maintenance of
pollution-free environment in all its activities.
The event began with the members of Nalco Mahila Samiti presenting
a soulful invocation of the divine in the form of song and dance BK Thakur,
Director(HR) proposed a vote of thanks.
Also, on the occasion, 
scholarship cheques were handed over to 10 girl students from BPL
families from Angul sector under the company’s ‘Nalco ki Ladli Scheme’ designed
in line with the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme of the Union Government.

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