Our basic objective is to set up a voluntary system acting as a watchdog for implementing agencies of environmental laws of government in the field of environment and pollution and to follow up the implementation of judgments/directions/guidelines pertaining to the environment/pollution by Hon’ble High Court as well as Supreme Court and aware the people about it.
Paryavaran Mitra is using various advocacy tools during its work. Major advocacy tools are letters to govt. and other authority, questions in Legislative Assembly, question in swagat online program of Chief Minister, complain on website of President and National Human Right Commission, memorandum with signatories, meetings, press conference, interviews in print and electronics media etc.
Paryavaran Mitra often uses the RTI Act to get information in environmental sectors to monitor and follow up of Environmental Laws.
Paryavaran Mitra uses several legal tools to ensure the good conduct of its activities :
- The Right to Information Act
The RIA was passed in 1995, giving the right to citizens to access information thereby opening a whole new range of possibilities for engaging with them as informed citizenry and active participants in democracy
The Right to Information Act is implemented from 12/10/2005 in all over India except Jammu & Kashmir.
Paryavaran Mitra has used the Act to get information in environmental sectors to monitor and follow up of environmental laws. Also to testify the RTI Act and its clause. Our main area of working:
- To strengthen RTI Act.
- To use RTI as a tool for environmental preservation and control pollution.
Paryavaran Mitra’s Paper was selected for Regional workshop
Regional Public consultation was organized on 08.10.2012 at YASHADA (Pune) by Department of personal and public Grievance department under Government of India. The theme of the consultation was “Five Years of RTI and looking ahead”. Paryavaran Mitra participated in the consultation and raised the issue of improper and ineffective implementation of RTI in Gujarat. In addition; we also raised the issue of government’s failure to table the Annual report of GIC in the assembly.
Two papers were sent by Paryavaran Mitra and both the papers (paper on Carbon Credit & Shopping Mall) were considered, both have RTI success stories. Mahesh Pandya presented the paper of Carbon Credit and also received certificate and cash prize for that.
- Networks Beside legal tools, we also believe in building collaborations with cross section of society. We believe this network of relationships keeps us vibrant and gives us support in our endeavors.We counciously make efforts to maintain this network and further develop it, both by responding to requests and invitation from people, as well as approaching tothers to build relationships.For example, we helped many people to draft RTI applications when they approached us, or provided information and guidance to some.