Environment laws will make nod easy, violations tough: Prakash Javadekar

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar was in Kochi to launch the Union government's Free Pension scheme.

By: Press Trust of India | Kochi/chennai | Published: May 10, 2015 7:09 pm
Prakash Javadekar, Environment, india pollution, environment, environment laws, enviroment news, environemnt clearance Prakash Javadekar was replying to a query on the status of the High-Level Committee (HLC) recommendations and the Government’s move to amend five key environmental laws based on it.

It will be easy to get permission for projects but tough in case of violations under environment laws and views of state governments on the High-Level Committee recommendations on the issue will be considered, Union Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javadekar has said.

“Increasing the penalties, strengthening the compliance mechanism will be making life easy to get permission but tough in case of violations,” he told PTI in Kochi on Saturday.

He was replying to a query on the status of the High-Level Committee (HLC) recommendations and the Government’s move to amend five key environmental laws based on it.

Vowing to strengthen the compliance mechanism envisaged in various environment and forest laws, he said, “we want to strengthen enforcement and compliance mechanism. That is the central idea, compliance was the casualty in earlier mechanism.”

Javadekar was in Kochi to launch the Union government’s Free Pension scheme.

The HLC headed by former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian reviewed environmental laws and has given its recommendations to the Centre.

The Committee’s Terms of Reference include assessment of the status of implementation of laws including Environment (Protection) Act, Indian Forests Act, Forest (Conservation) Act, Wildlife (Protection) Act vis-à-vis the objectives.

Earlier, he said in Chennai that many state governments had given their comments on the recommendations of the HLC and all such inputs would be considered together by the Centre.

“These are recommendations…many state governments have also given their comments and now, by May we have received practically many recommendations and now we will consider all recommendations together,” he said.

“HLC is one major input, it is one input, it is not the accepted recommendations,” he said when asked what were the major recommendations that have been accepted by the Centre.

It has given 55 recommendations including those related to proposals to revamp project clearance and approval process.

In a meeting with top Tamil Nadu forest officials, he said the State could peruse concepts like “memorial garden” to encourage people’s participation under the Centre’s urban green campaign.

“People can be encouraged to adopt trees by paying Rs 1,000 or Rs 2,000 per tree in memory of their beloved ones. Memorial gardens may be set as part of urban greenery efforts,” he said.

As part of the urban green initiative, some of the proposed gardens may be sponsored by corporates as well, he added.

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  1. Dennis M
    May 10, 2015 at 8:53 pm
    This minister is one of the major sources of air pollution in India.
    1. A
      May 10, 2015 at 7:40 pm
      On 17th September, 2050, when Modi will complete 100 years of his life, every thing will become easy, because during 2014 to 2019, he will be laying the foundation for prosperous India, where CBI will get autonomy, Lokpal will be appointed, prices of essential commodities will come down, all black money stashed abroad and in India will be deposited in RBI, no youth will remain unemplo, RTI laws and Whistle Blower Act will be strengthened, all MPs and MLAs will stop getting subsidised food in Parliament and State emblies, RTI route will become available to know political funding etc. etc.
      1. joshy
        May 10, 2015 at 7:19 pm
        An ediot, uneducated brute, puppet of modi has become an env minister which is a very imp post Compare this with jai ram Ramesh very intelligent and was not a puppet who took correct decissions
        1. A
          May 10, 2015 at 8:45 pm
          Shut ur aaarss!! U w..
          1. R
            May 10, 2015 at 9:25 pm
            Hahaha Tough law....Now That BJP has bailed out Salman Khan what do you expect
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