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Plea on wastage of paper in DU polls: NGT notice to Centre

<g data-gr-id="27">Heeding</g> to the plea of a law- student that enormous amounts of paper is wasted every year in Delhi University Students’ Union polls, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday sought a response from the government on the issue.

A Bench headed by Justice U D Salvi issued notice to Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Delhi University, University Grants Commission and Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) while seeking their replies by September 23.

The directions came on a plea of Delhi University law student <g data-gr-id="17">Nithin</g> Chandran who approached NGT against indiscriminate wastage of paper during the students’ body elections. The polls this year was held on September 11.

Chandran has contended in his plea that he was shocked to see posters, pamphlets, flyers and cards being used for canvassing and campaigning in DUSU elections by various candidates.

“Every year in DUSU election and other student bodies’ election, the quantity of paper wasted in canvassing and campaigning is huge and the damage therein to the environment is irreparable. “On every <g data-gr-id="23">elections</g>, tonnes of paper is wasted for canvassing by the candidates and their supporters. Wherein, there is no accountability for usage of paper and neither there is any norm or procedure for <g data-gr-id="22" style="color: #3b3b3b; font-size: 11px;">re-cycling</g> of this waste paper,” the plea said. 

It has also cited the Supreme Court’s 2006 order in which it had directed universities to implement the recommendations of the JM Lyngdoh committee in their student union elections. 
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