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The National Green Tribunal, Delhi
The National Green Tribunal, Delhi

NGT steps in against wastage of paper during DUSU elections

Smrithi Suresh

A law student has approached the National Green Tribunal against the wastage of paper during the recently held DUSU elections.

Today, the NGT issued notice, and sought a detailed reply from the Respondents who include the University Grants Commission, the Chief Election Officer of Delhi University, and the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU).

The law student, Nithin Chandran was represented by Piyush Singh, Partner of PSP Legal.

The Paper Trail
The Paper Trail

A Bench of Justice U.D. Salvi and Mr Ranjan Chaterjee also went on to stay the misuse of paper post elections, and directed the parties to submit a detailed reply on universities where paperless elections were held.

The petition, a copy of which is with Bar & Bench, states that the Petitioner witnessed the utter misuse of paper posters, paper pamphlets,  and paper cards used by the various candidates.

“Such misuse of paper in such large quantity is adversely affecting the ecosystem and the overall ecology….

…..every year in Delhi University Students Union’s 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….Wherein, there is no accountability for usage of paper and neither there is any norms or procedure for re-cycling of this waste paper.”

The petition also notes that the recommendations made by the Lyngdoh Committee for minimal usage of paper have been completely ignored.