Out of Jayanthi’s office, house, over 350 files, a couple from 2011

Ministry divisions scan lists, told to find out if any still pending with her.

New Delhi | Updated: January 13, 2014 4:47 am
As many as 28 of these went to her in 2012, while two-three date back to 2011. PTI As many as 28 of these went to her in 2012, while two-three date back to 2011.
PTI

As new Environment Minister Veerappa Moily took charge at Paryavaran Bhavan, nearly 350 files were found to have been held back by predecessor Jayanthi Natarajan and her office.

Documents accessed by The Indian Express show that as many as 180 of these files, returned from her residence on December 22, 23 and 24, were unsigned. But 119 were signed files which were still held back by the minister for some reason, while another 50 signed ones were retained by her staff.

As many as 28 of these went to her in 2012, while two-three date back to 2011.

On January 2, 2014, an office memorandum titled ‘Status of files submitted to the Office of the then MOS (IC) E&F Smt Jayanthi Natarajan’ was issued to all divisional heads in the Ministry of Environment & Forests, sharing the lists of the files sent back. This memorandum — accessed by this newspaper — asked all divisions, sections and units to go through these lists and to “indicate whether apart from the listed files, any other file is still pending with the Office of the then MoS (IC)”.

The order further asked all officials to treat this matter “urgently” and to take up the matter with Moily’s office.
Sources in the ministry said some files seem to have not found mention on the lists and the same is being updated based on feedback from various divisions of the ministry.

Two lists detailing the files with Natarajan and her office were shared with Moily. The list flagged ‘A’ contained details of the 119 signed files, while ‘B’ had details of the 180 unsigned files.

The lists show that as many as 45 cases pending with Natarajan were of impact assessment, 47 related to forest clearances, and seven to wildlife issues. Still other files related to matters of the Indian Forest Service, Coastal Regulatory Zone clearances, National Tiger Conservation Authority etc.

Of the 50 files with the former minister’s staff, 39 were related to impact assessment.

Environment clearance or forest clearance recommended by either the Environment Appraisal Committee or Forest Advisory Committee has to get the minister’s approval to come into effect.

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    Mo
    Jan 14, 2014 at 7:15 am
    Even if the Files are signed there are more Taxes fort the Bureaucrats. Finally the Peon Tax in every office.
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      Mo
      Jan 13, 2014 at 8:20 am
      I hope "Jayenti Tax" has ended with her departure. This is why all Taxes must end.
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        Mo
        Jan 14, 2014 at 7:12 am
        So How much was the Jayenti Tax? Any Indication?Besides this how much was the Transaction tax levid by all Congress scams for the Italian hi family.?Was it 12.5 % as always?
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          anand kumar
          Jan 13, 2014 at 9:25 am
          Now you know what Modiji meant when he said Jayanti Tax..she has been pretending as saviour of environment..signed files still held back by minister and her staff..why..congress party has any answer..if a lady is found to be useless as minister why she is called back and given party charge...where is Rahul hi's AAP style politics...there is no clean people at all in congress to take up party work?
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            anil
            Jan 15, 2014 at 10:43 am
            JAYANTI TAX dhandha khol ke rakha hai kya rate hai?
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              bala Raja
              Jan 13, 2014 at 6:18 am
              Ridiculous that in this day and age there are still paper "files" and physical movement of these. The country that provides IT services to the world doesn't have Government files in software and workflows and signatures tracked electronically? Shows how medieval the Govt processes and thinking are.
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                Bhaskar Basu
                Jan 13, 2014 at 5:31 am
                Every one whoever dealt with Ministry of Environment & Forest,Govt of India knows that Jayanthi Natrajan,s office used to impose Jayanthi tax to clear any problem how ever small it may be. The w operation was being handled by Jayanthi Natrajan,s OSD only(One Lady) and madam never use to directly interact.
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                  soulmind
                  Jan 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm
                  Aarey yaar kya Flowchart aaram karne do--Jayanthi
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                    soulmind
                    Jan 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm
                    Kejriwal will do janata darbar india wide for clearing those files
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                      Mukesh Kamath
                      Jan 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm
                      She may have a few of them with her still.... she was busy learning environmental science to decide on the files. FYI learning envi. science takes minimum 5 years.
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                        Mukesh Kamath
                        Jan 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm
                        They need to vanish a few files and some of them need to reappear according to convenience... What do you mean by software? Workflows? Signatures tracked electronically? These words and plan seem like a conspiracy to destabilize the country by CIA. All left parties and esp samajwadi party should come out against electronification of administration. It will cause job losses. It will cause disruption. The technology is new and untested. Govt officials need to be trained in using the new system. It will encourage English usage in offices.
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                          Kesava Chandran
                          Jan 14, 2014 at 5:59 am
                          Between House work and Partywork little time for Office work, Veerappa Moily has to clear the Augean Stables,now (as digging coal too attracts environment please try locate remaining missing coal files Moily Ji)
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                            Lakshmi Chatti
                            Jan 13, 2014 at 10:46 am
                            OMG! Jayanty Natarajan is in a way responsible for the economic slow down .She needs to pay a price for this.
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                              chintan jhunjhunwala
                              Jan 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm
                              well why was jayanthi natatrajan sitting on all these files for so long.what explanation does she have ...was she not a block to investments.
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                                chintan jhunjhunwala
                                Jan 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm
                                whenever jayanthi natarajan speaks her nose puffs up.after this her nose will blow up like puffer fish,
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                                  chintan jhunjhunwala
                                  Jan 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm
                                  whenever modi makes a valid point ,it is held with derision by the psedos.
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                                    Hemant Kathuria
                                    Jan 13, 2014 at 8:15 am
                                    Requiers CBI investigation & what Rahul is saying
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                                      david
                                      Jan 17, 2014 at 2:37 am
                                      Now why the corrupt, crippled, looter, traitor congress if sonia is quite.
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                                        Dinu
                                        Jan 13, 2014 at 6:12 am
                                        They were held back becoz "Jayanthi Tax" was not paid as Shri. Modi ji rightly pointed out in y'days Goa Rally....
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                                          devs
                                          Jan 13, 2014 at 3:45 am
                                          Looks like there is truth in story about "jayanyti tax"
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                                            D S
                                            Jan 13, 2014 at 10:31 am
                                            Do Congress Party need further enlightenment or proof of ' Jayanti Tax'? WHAT KEJRIWAL HAS TO SAY About it as Congress is tactical ally of AAM PARTY?
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