Environment Care: House Panel Slams government agencies
Economic Times, May
panel has expressed concern over the performance of the
government agencies responsible for environment protection.
standing committee on environment and forests has said in a
report that it is "not satisfied with overall performance of the
concerned agencies of the government as regards the management
and protection of our environment". It has also expressed its
dissatisfaction with the TSR Subramanian Committee report that
has recommended a slew of changes to environmental laws.
The committee said
that while clearing proposals for economic activity in forest
areas inhabited by tribals, such as in the case of Niyamgiri,
the environment ministry should attach weight to the concept of
"entities of incomparable value" incorporated in the National
Environment Policy 2006. The report says that "environmental
concerns cannot be construed as being at cross purposes with
development" and "genuine environmental concerns cannot be
It calls for setting
up of an inter-ministerial mechanism for resolution of conflicts
and disputes. Set up by the Modi government, the high-level
committee led by Subramanian had submitted its report to the
environment ministry in August 2014 and is seen as the guiding
principle for reviewing green rules.
committee...recommends that the ministry should not proceed with
the implementation of the recommendations made by the
Subramanian committee without a further in-depth review and
after taking into account the views expressed by various
stakeholders which now form part of the standing committee's
deliberations. Indeed, further views can also be solicited on
the subject," the panel said in its report.
Ashwani Kumar, chairperson of the panel, said there was
unanimity among the members that the Subramanian committee
report should not be accepted. He added any attempt to "dilute
laws" will be opposed strongly by his party in Parliament.
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