The Environment Ministry issued a circular on February 26, stating that compliance with FRA and obtaining consent of the gram sabha under the Act was no longer necessary to consider projects on forest land.
Johri, who was arrested in March is currently out on bail. The Environment Ministry in its notification also said that it had removed another member, professor Mukesh Khare of the department of civil engineering, IIT-Delhi, from the EPCA.
Officials from the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) who were also present in the meeting were told to ensure all dyeing units follow mandatory norms within these two months, failing which action will be taken against the erring ones.
The remaining 20 per cent of NPV will be utilised for strengthening the forest and wildlife-related infrastructure, capacity building of personnel of state forest departments and other associated agencies and organisations, according to draft rules.
Air pollution also played its bit in keeping the environment ministry busy this year. Delhi was faced with a complex set of meteorological factors in early November, when pollution levels peaked, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Minister of State for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar on Thursday countered his Cabinet colleague Maneka Gandhi’s charges that the Environment Ministry thrived in the killing of innocent animals and asserted that such decisions were taken keeping scientific facts in mind to help those affected by such animals. “I will not react on who said […]