Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 26
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday 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 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 changes in environmental clearance process for infrastructure projects will routinely legitimise illegality and promote land grab, not development”.
Writing again, Javadekar stated the draft notification is saved within the public area for feedback and solutions.
“Your solutions are famous. There are 15 extra days for solutions.
I’ll reply to you intimately. Government will finalise after contemplating numerous solutions. Government selections are all the time open for scrutiny by Parliament and Standing Committee,” Javadekar stated
In his letter to Javadekar and marked to Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, Ramesh stated “environmental regulation is not an unnecessary burden but an essential obligation for the health and welfare of our people and sustainable development”.
The proposed modifications usually are not based mostly on audits, assessments and analyses or any analysis however mirrored a mindset that sees environmental regulation as an pointless regulatory burden, the previous Environment Minister stated in response to the notification that goals to overtake the environmental clearance course of which has obtained widespread criticism from environmental consultants.
They are questioning numerous provisions, together with for post-facto challenge clearance, taking out the necessary means of public session for a variety of initiatives and growing validity of the atmosphere clearances.
According to Ramesh, the “draft notification allows post facto approvals that go against very principle of assessment and public participation prior to environment clearance”, “has provisions that will routinely legitimise illegality” and “reduces public participation in all steps of the environment clearance process”.