Draft EIA notification doesn’t calm down means of public listening to: Javadekar to Ramesh

New Delhi, August 6

The draft setting impression evaluation (EIA) notification doesn’t calm down the method of public listening to, however goals to make it extra significant, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar instructed senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh on Thursday.

Javadekar wrote a letter in response to the objections to the draft EIA raised on varied events by Ramesh, a former Environment Minister and the present chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on science and know-how, setting and local weather change.

In his response, Javadekar additionally stated that Ramesh publicising his objections and letters was “premature” as the general public consultations on the draft EIA have been underway.

Ramesh, in his letter to the Environment Minister on July 25, had stated that the draft EIA reduces public participation in all steps of the setting clearance course of “by lessening the notice period for public hearings and doing away with them for a large category of projects”.

Javadekar stated, “Provision of ex-post facto approval to bring all violators under regulatory regime by imposing heavy penalties. Companies cannot be in perpetual unregulated status.”

“Every project expansion will require submission of Environmental Management Plan. The draft is not meant for reducing the process of public hearing but making it more meaningful,” wrote the Union Minister.

Sharing a replica of this letter on Twitter, Javadekar additionally criticised Ramesh for publicising his second letter which stated he was nonetheless awaiting a response from the Environment Minister.

Ramesh had earlier within the day tweeted a replica of his second letter saying “although I await your detailed reply, I must thank you for acknowledging and accepting the role of standing committees and Parliament”.

Hours later, Javadekar responded over the tweet, “Today morning only I had sent you a detailed response to your July 25, 2020 letter, which was delivered at your residence office, still you chose to write this letter and make it public through Twitter.”

“I’m sharing right now’s letter right here as soon as once more,” Javadekar tweeted whereas sharing a replica of his letter to the previous minister. PTI

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