In a welcome move, the National Green Tribunal has announced cancellation of its summer vacation for 2020 to make up for its working days’ losses due to the country’s 40-day lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus infection.
The tribunal said during the lockdown announced by the government, as part of the measures to contain the Covid-19 spread, the NGT restricted its work only to hearing of urgent matters, allowing its staff to work from home.
Noting the extension of the lockdown till 3 May on Tuesday, the NGT said, “In order to make up for the loss of the working hours due to the extraordinary situation that has so arisen and to obviate the hardship faced by lawyers and litigants during this period, the competent authority has been pleased to modify the NGT Calendar.”
Accordingly, the NGT’s summer vacations as scheduled for the month of June 2020, has bee cancelled, the NGT said in a statement. “The NGT would be fully functional for the whole month of June 2020, save for Saturdays, Sundays and Gazetted Holidays”, it added.
The NGT registry shall be functioning on all Saturdays as well, except second Saturday, the tribunal said. “This shall be subject to further modification, if and when fresh directions are issued by the government,” it added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that the current lockdown will be extended till 3 May, saying it is very necessary to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
In a televised address to the nation, Modi said the lockdown’s provisions will be strictly enforced in coming days to ensure that the virus does not spread to new areas. The Prime Minister said detailed guidelines on implementation of the new lockdown will be announced today. The NGT has taken a good decision and other legal bodies too should cancel summer holidays this year.