This is with reference to "Time for reform" (June 1-15, 2014). Environmental administration in India suffers from serious weaknesses in framing of legislation and regulations. Some of the loopholes include ambiguity, halfhearted enforcement, inadequate staff, limited knowledge and skills of officials, bureaucratic red tapism in regulatory bodies, political intervention and socio-economic compulsions in the face of formidable poverty and population. Since these flaws govern environmental clearances, most of the decisions are erroneous. They do not take into account biodiversity, displacement concerns or welfare of the people, particularly tribals. Examples include Tata Nano and the Nandigram fiasco in West Bengal and Posco steel and Niyamgiri bauxite mining projects in Odisha.