Bitter green truth
This is with reference to the editorial, "Green clearance test for NDA" (September 1-15, 2014). The steps taken by the government are retrogressive. Every day there is some announcement or the other on environmental laws and regulations. I fail to understand why the government is so involved with the environment when there are hundreds of other problems—law and order is in a shambles; women and children are exploited every day; the justice system is almost non-functional, except perhaps for those who hire prominent lawyers. But the government does not address these concerns. Obviously, strong environmental regulations are getting in the way of those who want to make quick money. These moves need to be opposed, else we will lose whatever little greenery is left.
M A HAQUE
Scrutiny of environmental projects is usually carried out by spin doctors at the state level and manufactured environment assessment reports are generated. This results in a system of obstruction and prevarication. The editorial raises one question: why do knowledge and foresight get short shrift irrespective of the political arrangement?
The officials of the Central and state pollution control boards are equally corrupt. They manipulate data to fit them within the regulatory standards of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change so that it grants quick clearances to development projects.