New Delhi: Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday emphasised on need for strict compliance of environmental norms and said "non-bureaucratic" ways of giving permits should be explored.
He was speaking at a discussion on `Economic Growth and Environmental Protection through Evidence-Based Policy` hosted by Energy Policy Institute at Chicago(EPIC), University of Chicago, in association with the Evidence for Policy Design at Harvard University.
"A Substantial chunk of projects fall into the yes but category," he said, referring to conditions placed on an environmental clearance. He said "compliance is the real issue."
"We need to have penalties for non-compliances. If there are 36 conditions, each of them should be monitored to ensure compliance," Ramesh said, as per a statement released here.
The statement said Ramesh also stated the need to explore regulatory options beyond the current command and control system.
"We need to have regulations that don`t require regulators it`s important to explore non-bureaucratic ways for giving permits," he added.