Ramesh`s deadly humour: Many would want me in crematoria

Injecting some `deadly` humour at the launch of a project for more eco-friendly cremation systems, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday joked that many people would want him in the crematoria.

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2011, 23:35 PM IST

New Delhi: Injecting some `deadly` humour
at the launch of a project for more eco-friendly cremation
systems, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday joked that
many people would want him in the crematoria.

"There will be many people who would be eagerly hoping
that I should be the first candidate for the crematoria,"
Ramesh said in a lighter vein evoking peals of laughter from
the audience.

The `Harit Moksha` project aims at saving tens of
thousands of tonnes of wood on cremations every year.

Making the remarks just before the start of the GoM meet
to discuss the issue of coal mining in "no go" areas in
forests, the Minister said, "In fact I have to go for a
meeting at 4`o clock where there will be lot of people who
would be hoping that I would be the candidate for this Harit
Moksha and they will get moksha for Harit Mantralaya."

Ramesh`s aggressive green activism has in the
recent months displeased a number of his ministerial
colleagues.

The Harit Moksha project is a joint initiative by ONGC
and Moksha Paryavaran Evam Van Suraksha Samiti--a NGO--to
enable better combustion efficiency and reduced heat wastage
in cremations.

"I am not a Minister of moratorium and crematorium. I am
a Minister for environment and forests and I have to promote
environmental objectives as well," Ramesh had said recently.

PTI