Protection, upkeep of environment should be a constitutional mandate: Justice Pasayat

Bhubaneswar:  “Environmental protection has now become a matter of grave concern for human existence. Therefore, protecting and conserving environment should be a constitutional mandate,” said Dr Justice Arijit Pasayat, Vice-Chairman, Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Black Money and former Judge of the Supreme Court.

Delivering the 16th edition of Nalco Foundation Day Lecture Series on ‘Environment & Progress: Issues & Challenges’, here today, Justice Pasayat stressed on role of Indian legislature and judiciary in preventing the threats of modernization and pollution on environment.

“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 pointed out.

He cited various examples from his career as a Judge in the Supreme Court, wherein he dealt with various serious environment issues.

Introducing the topic, Dr Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD, Nalco quoted the Atharva Veda stating “Mata Bhumi Putro Ahamprithivya”. Stating 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.

“As a responsible CPSE, Nalco, along with its business, has been laying emphasis on the promotion and maintenance of pollution-free environment in all its activities,” Chand reiterated.

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 Government of India.

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