New Delhi : The government has made it clear that it has no plans to curtail the powers of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) which was set up in 2010 with wide civil powers to protect the environment, forests and other natural resources.

In reply to a RTI query by environmentalist Vikrant Tongad, the environment and forests ministry, said, “The government does not envisage any amendment to the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010, at present.”

Earlier, the Union information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar had also denied media reports about a move to limit the tribunal’s jurisdiction.

The NGT, which also has benches in Pune and Bhopal, has proved effective in protecting the environment and forests and at the same time reducing the litigation burden on the higher courts.

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