Prakash Javadekar, minister for environment, forests and climate change has said that environmental norms would be made more stringent and practical keeping in mind the enormity of the problem and issues involved and industry concerns. The stakeholders would be consulted in the process so as to ensure complete compliance once the norms are laid down. Referring to the revision of norms related to the cement industry undertaken recently, the minister said that these norms were implemented taking into account the concerns of the industry.
The minister stated this while addressing the Sustainable & Inclusive Solutions Summit held in New Delhi last week. The event was organised by the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, with The Financial Express as its print media partner.
Elaborating further, the minister said that the cooperation of the industry stakeholders was critical in the context of monitoring, evaluation and implementation of environmental norms. This would enable the government to implement “eco friendly and growth friendly” policies. At the same time the ministry in the last three months had undertaken a number of measures to ensure compliance, timelines that laid to transparency and positivity in decision making. Referring to the proposals related to online application and tracking of environment and forests proposals, Javadekar said around 250 online applications for TORs for environmental clearances had been received. The ministry was taking the necessary measures to fast track the process of regulatory clearances for a faster economic growth, while ensuring that development and conservation of environment go hand in hand and in a transparent manner. These measures were intended to bring in more transparency, efficiency and accountability in grant of regulatory clearances.
Javadekar also emphasised that the use of technology, creation of infrastructure and their proactive and sustainable management would ensure a clean environment in the future. The minister specifically referred to the decision taken on installing round the clock sensors for monitoring pollution and flow of affluents into the Ganges. The minister emphasised upon the seamless integration of economic growth, human development and ecological protection.
YC Deveshwar, past president, CII, chairman, CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development Advisory Council and chairman, ITC, highlighted how the world has exhausted its budget of resources for the year and will now be living on borrowed resources from the future. Fifty years ago it was using three-fourth of the available resources and today.