I am considered as 'Ravana': Jairam Ramesh



Bhopal: Unhappy with his critics, Union Forest and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh today said that he was being considered as 'Ravana; to the development projects.

"I am being considered as Ravana to the development projects," Ramesh told the NGOs at the sixth public consultation organised about the Green Mission at Indian Forest Management Institute here.

Without naming anyone, the Minister said that he was being considered as a person putting hassles to development projects. "Our department is being shown as the enemy of development which was not the case," he said.

"The biggest challenge for us is to strike a balance between environment and development," he said.

The Minister said that he was winning praises from the NGOs and other people in regard to environment protection but was at the receiving ends from others, whom he did not name.

"I get garlands from you all but chappals from others," he told the gathering.

He said that deforestation can't be stopped completely in the country but there was a room to put a check on it.

"Of course, development is essential and the work of

‘National Green Mission draft by July-end’

The draft of the ambitious green mission to increase the forest cover and enhance eco-system services will be finalised by month-end, Ramesh said.

"The draft document for the mission will be finalised by this month-end and then will be submitted to the Prime Minister," he said

"National Mission for a Green India" aims at increasing the forest cover by 10 million hectares by 2020 and enhance eco-system services at an estimated cost of Rs 44,000 crore.

The last public consultation on the draft will take place in Mysore on Monday, Ramesh said.

He said de-greening can't be stopped completely in the country but there was room to put a check on it.

-PTI