We all know that we are part of the environment we live in. And the solution to many environmental problems lie in our attitude towards environment. Be it awareness to keep our surroundings clean or the realisation to conserve natural resources by re-using and recycling wherever possible, they all are attitudinal. But changing the attitudes of 100 crore people is not going to happen overnight. The best way to attempt to bring about a change in the attitudes in the society is through children. They are impressionable and our future. With this realisation the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India has decided to launch the National Green Corps (NGC) Programme in all the districts in all the States and Union Territories of India. The membership will be about 250 schools in every district in the country including all the Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas and all other schools under CBSE and ICSE.
The National Green Corps Programme was initiated in 2001 with GOI grant support. The programme was initially being implemented by Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) was later taken up by the Karnataka Rajya Vigyana Parishat (KRVP), the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology. Later on it was implemented by the Indo Norwegian Environment Programme Secretariat, under Dept of Forest, Ecology & Environment. Presently, EMPRI is implementing NGC with effect from January 2009 in Karnataka.
From each district, the District Implementation and Monitoring Committee would select one or two Master Trainers. They can be from among the In-charge teachers of selected schools. They would be first trained at the State Capital. They in turn would train In-charge teachers in the district.
Each State/UT is being provided with the services of one Resource Agency for the better implementation of the scheme. The main role of the Resource Agency is that of a consultant and a facilitator. The agency is expected to perform the following functions:
District Level Implementation and Monitoring Committee (DIC), has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner to oversee the progress of Eco-club activities at district level. At state level, State Level Steering Committee (SLSC), constituted under the Chairmanship of Principal Secretary to Government, Forest, Environment & Ecology Department will oversee the pace and progress of the NGC programme.To oversee the progress of the scheme in PU Colleges another district level committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner. Environment officer of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board has been made Member Secretary of the Committee. State Level Steering Committee on NGCs has been suitably amended to include the Director, Pre University Board & Member Secretary and Karnataka Bio-diversity Board for review the progress of NGCs in PU Colleges.