Chandigarh, September 12
Strongly advocating the need for serious introspection of the underlying causes of environmental degradation, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator SF Rodrigues made a forceful plea for a collective and action-oriented approach for promoting ecological balance and ensuring sustainable and equitable development.

He was inaugurating a two-day “Colloquium - on Environmental Degradation and its Various Facets” at Chandigarh Judicial Academy here today.

Appreciating the initiative of Judicial Academy for organising this two-day colloquium on the subject of environment degradation, he expressed the hope that the deliberations in the two-day seminar would evolve in to a workable action plan at the governmental and other levels.

A book was released on environment authored by PS Jaswal, chairman, department of laws, Panjab University. Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Tirath Singh Thakur called for giving a lead to the world in promoting ecological balance as India had the advantage of the message of the environmental protection in our ethos and cultural heritage.

Elaborating, he said India had been the only country in the world, where our people worship trees, rivers, animals and birds, which make significant contribution for the preservation of our environmental heritage. He exhorted the people to rise to the occasion and contribute towards the noble cause, which would be a great service to our posterity.

Justice JS Khehar, executive chairman of the State Legal Services Authority, UT, Justice AK Goel, executive chairman of the Haryana State Legal Services Authority and Justice Mehtab Singh Gill, executive chairman of the Punjab State Legal Services Authority also spoke on the occasion.

Source: Tribune News Service