Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Dec 2017 11:03:37











THERE are no two opinions that all are equal before the law and its violators should be punished, so that people get the right message-not to mess up with the rule of law. At the same time, it must also be ensured that the rules are applied to all without any favour. However, it seems that this basic principle has not been followed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which has imposed a fine of Rs. 5 crore on the Art of Living Foundation headed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, for ‘damaging’ the Yamuna floodplains by holding World Cultural Festival last year. It is surprising that an action has been taken against the AoL but those who granted it the permission to hold the mega event have been spared. Preparations for the global event were going on for months in advance. Why no one had raised any objection then? The custodians of green norms suddenly woke up from their slumber one fine morning after the event and slapped a heavy fine on the AoL for the ‘damage’ caused to the floodplains. The action of the National Green Tribunal against the AoL, therefore, seems unfair.



INTERNATIONAL Energy Agency (IEA) considers India as the driving force in global energy trends. That is a welcome appreciation of the country’s march towards energy self-sufficiency. While appreciating India’s efforts to diversify its energy sources, IEA has acknowledged India’s contribution to global energy consumption. Ever since India joined the ‘IEA, its family accounts for 70 pc of global energy consumption as against less than 40 pc two years ago. That shows the level of energy consumption that India accounts for. And yet India is still struggling to reach energy supply to every household in the farthest corner of the vast country. With increasing rejection of fossil fuels as a source of energy, India will have to invest much efforts and resources to seek alternative sources of energy. Hence Government’s emphasis on exploring other sources of energy like wind, hydel, tidal, solar, bio-fuels etc. is laudable. Emphasis should also be focussed on reducing cost of energy to make it affordable to the poorest and set a global trend in cheap energy.