NGT to Hear Cases from Dais Starting June 8, but through Video Conferencing

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) will conduct proceedings from the dais of the court rooms in the NGT complex from June 8, a notice issued on Tuesday said.

According to the communication, the hearings, held through video conferencing only, would be held while maintaining all social distancing norms and protocols.

"It is notified for all concerned that decision has been taken by the competent authority to the effect that from June 8 onwards and till further orders all the benches of the NGT shall conduct court proceedings from the dais of the court rooms in the NGT complex, while maintaining all social distancing norms and protocols. The hearings shall however continue to be continued through video conferencing only," a notice issued by NGT said.

In view of the fresh guidelines issued by the Union home ministry on nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus, the NGT on Sunday had said that the entire staff will physically attend the office from June 1.

The home ministry on Saturday said 'Unlock-1' will be initiated in the country from June 8 under which the nationwide lockdown effectuated on March 25 will be relaxed to a great extent, including opening of shopping malls, restaurants and religious places, even as strict restrictions will remain in place till June 30 in the country's worst-hit areas.

According to a circular issued by NGT on Sunday , all the guidelines issued by the government with respect to preventive measures will be strictly followed at workplace.

"In the light of the Order of the Ministry of Home Affairs and modified guidelines therein, and in continuation of the circular dated May 30, the Competent Authority has been pleased to direct that with effect from June 1, entire staff shall physically attend the Office, the circular issued by NGT said.

"All the guidelines/directions/instructions/protocols issued by the Government from time to time, with respect to preventive measures to be followed at workplace, be strictly followed without showing any laxity or negligence. Previous directions with respect to physical marking of attendance (till the time biometric attendance system is suspended) be followed by entire staff," it had said.

While announcing the extension of the lockdown in containment zones across the country, the home ministry on Saturday had said temples, mosques, churches and other religious places and shopping malls will be allowed to open in a phased manner from June 8 while a decision on the opening of schools and colleges will be taken in July in consultation with the states.

Issuing fresh guidelines to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, the home ministry has given more powers to the states and union territories to ascertain and define a containment zone.