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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Manmohan for environmental clearance sans 'Permit Raj'

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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, July 24, 2011.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (right) and Chief Justice of India S. H. Kapadia during the valedictory session of the seminar 'Global Environment and Disaster Management: Law and Society', in New Delhi, on Sunday. Photo: Ramesh Sharma
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (right) and Chief Justice of India S. H. Kapadia during the valedictory session of the seminar 'Global Environment and Disaster Management: Law and Society', in New Delhi, on Sunday. Photo: Ramesh Sharma.

In the backdrop of the controversy over environmental clearances to major projects, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said an independent regulator would soon revamp the process and help protect ecology without bringing back ‘the hated licence permit raj’.

“We hope to establish an independent regulator - the National Environment Appraisal and Monitoring Authority soon. This authority could lead to a complete change in the process of granting environmental clearances. Staffed by dedicated professionals, it will work on a full time basis to evolve better and more objective standards of scrutiny,” Dr. Singh said.

He was speaking at a seminar on ‘Global Environment and Disaster Management: Law and Society’ in New Delhi.


Significant move

The move to establish this authority appears to have come in the wake of stalling of several industrial and mining projects after the Environment Ministry, till recently led by Jairam Ramesh, had refused to clear the project.

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Green India Mission

The UPA-II government has a target for greening 10 million hectares of forest land to increase incomes of the poor through a national Green India Mission.

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Growth and environment

The Prime Minister said till now the public felt there is a trade-off between economic growth and environmental sustainability but now growth accommodates environmental concerns.

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