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Central Government Tells Lok Sabha that the Draft EIA 2020 Does Not Weaken the Process of Environmental Clearances

Lawstreet Journal 23 Sep 2020 4:15am

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The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) draft was published in March this year and was under question since then. The Publication of Final Notification was stayed by the Karnataka High Court until further direction as the court felt that due to coronavirus the Right to File Objection was taken away and people were deprived of opportunities to submit their responses. 

There were separate queries expressing concern on the draft EIA. Activists, environmental groups, and students have claimed that notification is “anti-people”, “anti-environment” and “pro-industries”.

Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Environment while responding to all such queries stated that the draft does not weaken the process of environmental clearances. The Lok Sabha was informed by the Ministry of Environment that the draft does not give any exemptions from public consultations to large industries, but promotes environmental cause and sustainable development.

Objections raised by United Nations' Special Rapporteur, was answered by Supriyo where he said “the draft EIA Notification, 2020, inter alia, does not give any exemptions from public consultation for large industries and projects, no change in the provisions with respect of public consultation in respect of projects or activities involving other strategic considerations and there is no provision for ex-post-facto clearance of violation cases.”

“Such cases shall be liable for punitive action under Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and in addition shall be liable for damage cost, etc.”

Another question was asked that whether the draft notification is in contravention with India's “obligations under international law”, on which the MoS said that “As envisaged in these… Continue Reading...

Tagged: Union Ministry of Environment   Ministry of Environment & Forest  
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