The minister’s 18-point directive, issued after a detailed review meeting that was also attended by the environment secretary and director general (forest), called for a solution-oriented and not problem-creating approach.
“We are studying the whole thing rationally and very soon the matter will be solved,” Vardhan told reporters, flanked by newly-appointed Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma at the Indira Paryavaran Bhawan.
Rest five goals pertain to healthy and sustainable lifestyle, climate friendly and clean path to economic development, building capacities on climate technology and mobilise domestic and new additional funds, Vardhan added.
The forest ministry would also write to Railways to take special attention to prevent death of wild animals especially elephants on the track, Harsha Vardhan, who was on a visit to Theppakkadu elephant camp near Udhagamandalam, said.
“Not only should everyone plant saplings, but also care for plants as a member of one’s own family. Trees have a very important place in our lives. They not only help in making the environment pure, but also provide life-giving oxygen, fruits, flowers, shade and cool the environment,” he said.
“There was some unnecessary hue and cry being raised from different quarters. When the law was made, rules were notified and were put in public domain before that. Draft rules were put in public domain for a month,” Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said.
Asserting that protecting nature is in the country’s DNA, he said experts feel that India’s traditional knowledge on environment protection can be utilised to deal with the dangers associated with the environment.
The ban on sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter has hit the export and trade of meat and leather. “We have already said that whosoever has any concern related to this issue, we will seriously and honestly address those,” said Harsh Vardhan.
Harsh Vardhan said that neither does the government want to influence food habits in the country nor is it interested in disturbing the business of slaughter.
The Regulation of Livestock Market Rules, framed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960, issued last month, bans the trading of cattle, like cows and buffaloes, at animal markets for the purpose of slaughtering them.
India, then home to around 60 per cent of global cases of polio, was the focus of the polio eradication programme.
Harsh Vardhan said, “Rules under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, are not to influence food habits, or affect slaughtering business.”
After taking charge, Dr Harsh Vardhan planted a sapling on the premises of the ministry in memory of Anil Dave.
The appointment came following the sudden passing away of Anil Madhav Dave
Harsh Vardhan lamented that the world today is experiencing a crisis of character in every sphere of life.