Union minister of heavy industries and public enterprises Anant Geete on Monday placed the blame of environmental imbalance on developed countries, stating that concerns over environment are often raised to derail India’s efforts to join the list of developed nations.
Speaking at the Express Tech Sabha in Hyderabad, Geete said, “The way we are concerned about environment, even the developed countries aren’t as concerned. I don’t think India can be held responsible for the imbalance in environment existing today. The developed countries are responsible.”
He added, “Now, when we try to carry out developmental works, there is an attempt to derail that in the name of environment. We are told that environmental balance needs to be maintained. We are not against that. But what is environment for? Environment has meaning only till human beings are alive, otherwise what is its meaning?”
“Our first responsibility is to ensure that people are able to survive. The situation is such that even today 70 per cent of our people live in rural areas… without basic facilities. We are not able to fulfill even their basic requirements. In such a situation, while we need to care for environment, we also need to ensure that we make efforts to realise our dream of being counted amongst the developed nations,” Geete said.