PROJECT

Projects ( PIL Won by Foundation )

The Environmental & Consumer Protection Foundation v. Delhi Adm. & ors. (Schools case) :-

A writ petition was filed by the ECPFO in September 16, 2004 bringing to the notice of the Supreme Court of India the shocking news item appeared in The Times of India (New Delhi) on September 16, 2004 where it was reported that in one of the government aided schools in North Delhi the conditions were miserable as reflected in class rooms, labs, library with only 30 books, no drinking water, no toilets (although it was a co-education school) and having no fire security etc. In the case Apex Court issued notice in 2005 and asked the Director of Education in Delhi to improve the conditions in all the 222 government aided schools. Consequently, the Court’s intervention resulted in to substantially improved infrastructure in all the 222 aided schools. The teaching staff was also recruited by filling almost 3500 teaching posts in these schools, which were lying vacant for the last six to seven years. The Court also undertook the scrutiny of the 990 schools directly run by Delhi Government and the infrastructure facilities were improved in all these schools. The Apex Court further asked for the report from the Director of Education and Chief Secretary as to the steps taken in not filling the vacancies lying vacant for the last three to four years in the posts of principals, vice principals, PGTs and TGTs and teachers in other streams. During the period 2009-2011 pursuant to the Court’s order drinking water in all the schools throughout the country has been provided and by March 2012 separate toilets for girls and boys will be provided by all the states and Union Territories in India. The Court has also directed the Union of India to file a status report of the teachers in all the schools in the country regarding the sanctioned and working strength. The case is still pending in the Apex Court.

The Environmental & Consumer Protection Foundation v. Union of India & Others
(Vrindavan Widows case) :-

Another writ petition was filed in the Supreme Court of India on a report appeared in The Times of India (New Delhi) on March 25, 2007 revealing the shocking state of affairs of the widows of Vrindavan in the State of Uttar Pradesh. The petition was filed on the basis that the widows have a right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution of India and this right postulates the right to live with human dignity and better environment. Hence, the conditions of these widows in Vrindavan are far from any dignity of life whatsoever.

The Court entertained the petition and asked the National Commission for Women in India to conduct a detailed survey keeping in view the age, education and the state they come from. The report was to be submitted within six months. In pursuant to the order of the Court the Commission conducted a survey and submitted a detailed report to the Supreme Court of India. In the report the Commission has recommended inter alia as under:

After begging at Vrindavan's Banke Bihari Temple for some years and selling incense sticks later, she finally found a home in 'Krishna Kutir', a 1,000-bed facility for widows inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Friday.

She is one of the around 3,000 widows living in Vrindavan, where, it is believed, Lord Krishna spent his childhood. Many of them reside in ashrams across the city and beg outside temples to earn a living.

Developed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development under the 'SwadharGreh' scheme on 1.4 hectares of land, 'Krishna Kutir' is equipped with a large modern kitchen and a skill-cum-training centre to teach the widows stitching, embroidery, among other things.

  • 1. Shelter is the major need for the women.
  • 2. Need to upgrade counseling services through the employment of the consolers.
  • 3. Opportunities for employment and income generation.
  • 4. Pension scheme.
  • 5. Single window office delivery at Vrindavan.
  • 6. Special audit may be undertaken regularly at district level.Shelter is the major need for the women.
  • 7. Enhanced involvement of NGOs.
  • 8. Increase in kerosene quota for women organization in conducting adult literacy classes.

Plantation of Trees:-

The scheme is ideologically in conjunction with the plan of the UNEP, which has launched a major worldwide tree planting campaign titled as the Plant for the Planet: The Billion Tree Campaign in which people, communities, organizations and governments have to be encouraged. In consonance with that spirit the ECPFO is promoting actively the following schemes:

  • 1. One Child-One Tree.
  • 2. One Man-One Tree.
  • 3. One Loan-One Tree.
  • 4. One Student-One Tree.
  • 5. No to plastic.

Publications

The ECPFO’s well formulated publication policy has brought into existence very prestigious bi-annual journal titled International Journal of Environmental Consumerism (IJEC). The inaugural issue was published in 2005, which contains messages and articles from eminent people around the world.
They are:-

  • 1. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India (Now Ex).
  • 2. Mr. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Vice President of India (Now Ex).
  • 3. Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India.
  • 4. H.H. The Dalai Lama, The Noble Laureate.
  • 5. Mr. Justice R.C. Lahoti, Chief Justice of India (now Ex).

International Advisory Editors

  • 1. Prof. Roderic Underwood, Australia.
  • 2. Dr. Rajendra Shende, former Director, UNEP, France.
  • 3. Prof.(Dr.) E.W. (Ted) Robak, Canada.

The various issues of IJEC viz. 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 are devoted to various international environmental challenges and they are available. The issue of 2012 is solely confined to Sustainable Energy for all.