The Supreme Court on Friday issued an opinion to the Center stating whether or not it intends to implement the recommendation of the TSR Subramanian committee for the establishment of an independent All India Environmental Service and to establish a high-level body for compliance with environmental safeguards in all ground-level projects.
The divisional bench of Justices SK Kaul and MM Sundresh heard a petition calling for the establishment of an “Indian Environmental Service” in light of environmental problems in various parts of the country.
The petition also called for the establishment of an Indian Academy of Environmental Services to train environmental law enforcement officers.
The plea referred to the report submitted by the high-level committee formed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests under the chairmanship of former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian in 2014, which recommended the creation of a new service for any India, the “Environmental Service of India”.
The report had also proposed a national environmental research institute to mainstream the application of advanced technologies in environmental governance.
Senior Attorney K. Sultan Singh appeared for the petitioner and said there was a lack of qualified personnel involved in administration, policy formulation and overseeing the implementation of state policies and central governments.
The Apex Court expressed doubts whether the court could issue a mandamus for the establishment of a separate all-India service, but said an inquiry could be made to find out whether the Center had l intention to implement the recommendations of the committee headed by the former Cabinet Secretary.