New Delhi: Highlighting the concern over pollution, a nine-year-old girl named as Ridhima Pandey has lodged a case against the Center, alleging inaction by it on climate change. According to the reports, in a petition filed with the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the girl claimed that the government has failed to implement its environment laws.Also Read - Snow-clad Himalaya Mountains Seen From UP’s Saharanpur For 2nd Time. Photos Go Viral
Following the petition, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar has issued notice to the Ministry of Environment and the Central Pollution Control Board, asking them to reply within two weeks. Talking to a leading news agency, one of the spokespersons of Ministry of environment said that they would act as per the Tribunal’s directive. Also Read - Did You Know 22 Of World's 30 Most Polluted Cities Are In India? Check Out The Full List Here
As per the news agency PTI, the petition said that children are more vulnerable than adults to pollution from the burning of fossil fuels that causes global climate change and referred to issues like rise in sea level, destruction of mangroves, melting of glaciers and snow packs and reduction in freshwater supply. Also Read - New Delhi World's Most Polluted Capital For Third Straight Year, Finds IQAir Study
“The 34th Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India titled ‘Performance Audit on Renewable Energy Sector in India Union Government, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’, it was reported that the Central Government had failed to meet its targets for scaling up use of renewable energy sources under the National Action Plan on Climate Chang (NAPCC).
“The NAPCC envisages raising renewable energy sources to 8 per cent of the national energy mix for electricity by 2012-13 and 9 per cent by 2013-14. However as per the CAG report, the national achievement for purchase of electricity from renewable energy sources in those 2 years was only 4.28 per cent and 4.51 per cent, respectively,” the plea said.
Alleging that there was a huge gap in the implementation of the environmental legislations in the country, the petition said that climate change has become a worldwide concern in recent years caused by anthropogenic activities such as the burning of fossil fuels.
The plea has been filed through legal guardian of Ridhima, advocate Rahul Choudhary
However, Ridhima is not the first child in India, who has raised her voice against the inaction by the government over deteriorated environment condition. Last year, a six-year-old had lodged a case with Tribunal over air pollution in National Capital Delhi which had reportedly worst air quality across the country.
(With inputs from PTI)