Solution-oriented regulations in offing: Ramesh
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 23:37
New Delhi: Government is trying to bring in relevant and solution-oriented regulations such as fuel efficiency standards for vehicles and market-based instruments such as the Perform-Achieve-Trade (PAT) scheme for energy efficiency, said Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday.

"India needs more regulations and an effective system to implement them, and certainly not more regulators," the Minister said while speaking on Environmental Governance & Climate Regime with the industry organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The minister also said government was also trying to bring modifications to existing regulations such as the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) amendments, 2011.

He said a new scheme would be launched on Wednesday on a market-based instrument for air pollution in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

"This is based on research by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and would focus on tradable permits for monitoring the quality of air," he said.

Ramesh said the Planning Commission has never said that they disagree with what the Envrionment Ministry is doing on environmental issues.

Referring to the controversy over the "no-go areas" in the forests where mining activities are prohibited, the Minister said "I don't say the Planning Commission as being on the other side on the envrionment and development debate."

Stating that he has the greatest regard for the Planning Commission as an institution, the Minister, who had differed with Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on the "no go area" issue, said on issues of climate change, Ahluwalia supported his position.

The Minister also said environment is increasingly becoming an issue of public health.

Citing the incidents of increased cases related to allergy, asthma and cancer, the minister said "environment is not a middle class elitist issue, a lifestyle issue. It is not a luxury."

Introducing the session, Hari Bhartia, President, CII, said the Indian industry is largely not anti-environment and promotes several initiatives to demonstrate a sustainable growth path.

"Improvement in environmental governance will streamline various processes, leave no space for ambiguity, and encourage businesses to participate in environmental betterment," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 23:37

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