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Jairam Ramesh hits out at Centre over green clearances

Senior Congress leader and former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Monday alleged that the current government was "dismantling" the edifice of green laws in the name of achieving "faster economic growth".



New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Monday alleged that the current government was "dismantling" the edifice of green laws in the name of achieving "faster economic growth".

He further said the job of the environment ministry is to protect the country's environment and forest resources and not promote economic growth.

"I am not terribly optimistic on the direction in which they (government) are going, because in the name of economic growth, they are systematically dismantling the edifice of environment laws and regulations," Ramesh said.

His comments come in the backdrop of government taking measures to review various environment laws to "fasten" the environment clearance process for achieving economic growth "without compromising green issues".

"The job of the Ministry of Environment is to protect the environment and not promote GDP growth. The job of Government of India (GoI) is to promote GDP growth. The fundamental dharma of the Ministry of Environment is to protect the environment," Ramesh said after releasing his book "Green Signals" at the Delhi World Book Fair here.

On current environment ministry, he said, "Just do what you think what you have to. Do it in transparent and accountable manner and give the reasons why you are doing."

He further said, "I don't think he (Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar) should be there to make friends. He has to be there to implement laws of the land and the laws which Parliament has passed. He should implement without fear or favour and irrespective of what consequences are."

Stating that it is a difficult advice to follow, the Congress leader said, "I don't know whether he implements it or not. This is what I did during my tenure as environment minister between May 2009 and July 2011."

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