Bit­ter green truth

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

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.


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.



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