Art of Living argument in NGT is hinged on a catch: wetlands get their identity only through notification by govt under Rules. The Rules have been around since 2010, but not one wetland has been notified yet.
The function was presided over by Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living society who was accompanied by Union Minister Smriti Irani and former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. Braving heavy rains and inclement weather, people took part in the exercises.
A formal announcement in this regard would be made during the Big Ideas for Better India conference in Silicon Valley on July 1 which will be addressed by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. These 500 villages have been selected based on the highest farmers suicide rates, high unemployment rates and need immediate support, said OVBI president Satej Chaudhary
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shared a video to spread the message of wisdom by sketching out his experience in an auto in Delhi.
The spiritual guru Sri Sri stressed on the importance of yoga and said it was important to save the youth of Punjab by making the state drug free.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be in Chandigarh on June 9 for the inauguration of the Yoga Festival, which will officially set the tone for the celebration of International Yoga Day on June 21 in the Tricity.
AOL claimed that there has been no scientific assessment of pre and post situation of the floodplains till now
The NGT had refused to prohibit the World Culture Festival, but slapped a fine of Rs. 5 cr on the foundation for damaging biodiversity of the ecologically sensitive floodplains.
The annual ‘I Meditate Africa’ campaign of the foundation, now in its fourth year, has grown exponentially from just 10,000 at its inception, the NGO said.
According to the plea, the AOL founder had called the NGT’s order “politically motivated”.
The National Green Tribunal has been brushed off, and it is its own fault.
“I tried to initiate peace talks with the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) recently but they sent me a photograph of a beheaded body of a man. Thus, my effort for a peace dialogue with the ISIS ended,” he said.
In an official email, AOL had listed the agencies that would be involved in cleaning up the Yamuna floodplains, the festival venue, and said a team of volunteers would participate in the exercise.
For the task, the Army has deployed one company comprising at least 100 personnel, who are further divided into sections of 10 men each.
The NGT had last week imposed an initial fine of Rs 5 crore on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s AOL for the damage being caused to the floodplains, but had allowed its World Culture Festival to go on as “fait accompli”.