Friday’s Supreme Court notice was issued to the Centre regarding a plea for the establishment of an ‘Indian Environment Service’. This was in response to a recommendation from a high-ranking committee and other environmental issues throughout the country.
Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, M M Sundresh asked for a response from the Union government to a petition that Samar Vijay Sin filed.
Referring to Delhi NCR’s pollution crisis, the plea stated that the pollution has exceeded safe limits of breathing. This has prompted policymakers to seek immediate relief for the citizens.
The plea stated that environmental degradation was one of the main causes of disease and health problems. It asked for a direction to establish an Indian Environmental Service Academy to provide training to officers in environmental law enforcement.
“The prayer was made for the establishment of an independent Indian Environment Service, which would be an All-India Service. The bench stated that the prayer stemmed from the recommendation by the T S R Subramanian Committee.
The bench stated that it had prima facie doubts that a writ can be issued on such an application during the hearing.
Petitioner Singh cited the report of the MoEF Climate Change Committee (MoEF) in 2014, which was chaired by former Cabinet Secretary Subramanian.
The plea stated that the committee recommended the creation an All-India service, the Indian Environment Service.
It also mentioned that the committee was aware of the need to create an institutional framework to meet future demands. In its report, it proposed a National Environment Research Institute based on the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education.
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