Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 26
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar as we speak termed as “unfounded and based on misinterpretation” the “suggestions” by Chairman of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Jairam Ramesh on the contentious draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification, 2020.
“All your suggestions are unfounded and based on misinterpretation,” Javadekar stated responding to the “strongest objections” voiced by Ramesh, who yesterday stated the proposed modifications in environmental clearance course of for infrastructure tasks would “routinely legitimise illegality and promote land grab, not development”.
Responding, Javadekar stated, “The draft notification has been kept in the public domain for comments and suggestions. Your suggestions are noted. There are 15 more days for suggestions. I will reply to you in detail. The government will finalise after considering various suggestions. Government decisions are always open for scrutiny by Parliament and the standing committee.”
Ramesh yesterday stated the proposed modifications within the draft EIA notification “are not based on audits, assessments and analyses or any research, but reflected a mindset that sees environmental regulation as an unnecessary regulatory burden”.