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Supreme Court issues notice to Centre about plea for Indian Environment Service
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Supreme Court issues notice to Centre about plea for Indian Environment Service

Friday’s Supreme Court notice was issued to the Centre regarding a plea for establishment of an ‘Indian Environment Service’. This was in response to a recommendation from a high-ranking committee.

A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, and M M Sundresh sought to get a reply from Union government on a petition that Samar Vijay Sing had filed.

The plea was made in reference to the Delhi-NCR air pollution crisis. It stated that the pollution has exceeded safe limits and prompted policymakers to seek immediate relief for the citizens.

The plea also addressed the issue environmental degradation as a primary cause of diseases and other health issues. It requested a direction to establish an Indian Environmental Service Academy in order to train officers for enforcement of environmental law.

“The prayer was made for the establishment of an independent Indian Environment Service, which would be an All-India Service. The bench said that this prayer is arising 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, on the other hand, cited a report that was submitted by the MoEF committee in 2014 under the chairmanship of Subramanian, former Cabinet Secretary.

The plea stated that this committee had recommended the creation a new All-India service called the Indian Environment Service.

It also noted that the committee recognized the need for an institution framework to meet future requirements and proposed in its report a National Environment Research Institute, similar to the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education.

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