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Rehabilitation: NGT slaps cost on Uttarakhand for delayed response

The Hindu
New Delhi
14 Feb 2017

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has slapped fines on the Uttarakhand government and its agencies for not filing responses on a plea highlighting human–wildlife conflict and seeking rehabilitation of villagers living inside Rajaji National Park in the State.

The green panel was hearing a plea filed by Uttarakhand resident Madan Singh Bisht seeking setting up of a committee to look into the issue of rehabilitation of the revenue village ‘chaks’ (estates) which lie within the boundaries of the national park, known for tigers, panthers, elephants and other animals.

Rs. 20,000 fine imposed

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar slammed the authorities for not filing their replies and slapped a fine of Rs. 20,000 each on the Uttarakhand government, State Forest Department, Rural Development Ministry, Chief Conservator of Forests and SSP of Pauri Garhwal district.

The NGT passed the order noting that on the last date of hearing, the State government had sought a week’s time for filing replies but had failed to do so.
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