In quashing the mining leases, the apex court has bluntly stated that the BJP-ruled state government was willing to sacrifice the rule of the law for the benefit of the lease holders.
“After hearing the counsel for the parties today and upon consideration of the facts and circumstances set out in the various affidavits, we find that the presence of ASI and their reply is essential for an effective adjudication of the case.”
The delay may have been caused by feedback received from the environment and panchayati raj ministries, which both red-flagged some concerns.
Rights groups tell parliamentary panel that even though late environment minister Anil Dave had assured that concerns would be addressed, rules have still not been framed.
The move comes after the environment ministry sought feedback from several states on the notification.
If a circuit bench were to be set up in Goa – a discussion the state government wants to avoid – activists say there would be four times the number of cases that are currently before the Pune bench.
Union minister of state for home affairs Hansraj G. Ahir said that setting up cow sanctuaries at the district level can help prevent incidents of cow slaughter and violence related to cow vigilantism.
Villagers are often the first line of defence against elephants wandering into farmland and settlements, so community-led efforts with traditional methods have come to the fore.
While multiple parallel plans are in place, there is no cohesion; not even the basic high tide mapping matches across the coast.
The government’s planned moves to alter the compliance regime effectively reduces environment regulation to mere managerialism.
The Central Electricity Authority has given the plants two- to five-year reprieve from adhering to the strict air pollution standards that come into force this year.
The forest policy has been in limbo for over four years, while the government has continued to clear some coal blocks that fall into a deeply pruned list of inviolate areas on a piecemeal basis.
It’s inexcusable that India’s states continue to function without crowd-control procedures in place and make decisions by the seat of their pants.
A new notification from the ministry lays out a process by which illegal units can be granted clearance and “brought into compliance” within the next six months.
The CAG recently pulled up Union environment ministry for allowing ‘procedural deficiencies’ in granting clearances.
Data compiled by the mines ministry notes several thousand hectares of mineable area has potentially been prevented from being auctioned, saving the companies that own them money and costing the exchequer in terms of revenue foregone.
A senior environment ministry official who asked to remain anonymous confirmed that the wildlife and forest laws were under review.
An environment ministry proposal, effectively already in use thanks to the urban development ministry, says that the construction sector will no longer need mandatory environmental clearances if states put green norms in building bye-laws.
Senior ministry officials who had earlier recommended the fine now say the blame for environmental damage cannot be put on Adani.
New Delhi: Controversial HRD minister leader Smriti Irani has been shifted from the key education portfolio to textiles and replaced by Prakash Javadekar – newly elevated to cabinet rank – in an expansion of the union council of ministers and reshuffle which saw several other changes. The shifting of Irani, whose two-year tenure in […]
Reports state that the environment ministry has also withdrawn several stringent conditions earlier issued on the Adani group.
The women and child development minister has lashed out at the environment ministry for its decision to legalise the killing of animals in animal-human conflict areas.
File notings released by the tribal affairs ministry make it clear the law was violated in order to allow coal mining at Hasdeo Arand. So why is the Centre unwilling to act?
India lags behind on developing its waterways and the government has moved swiftly to overcome the first legal hurdle before it.
New Delhi: The Centre has reportedly asked Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) chairman Maj General (retd.) R.M. Kharb and vice chairman Chinny Krishna to resign from the statutory body for challenging its January 8 notification lifting a four-year-old executive order prohibiting jallikattu. The AWBI filed a petition […]
Within over a year of appointing committees to study Uttarakhand’s hydroelectric projects and then getting their recommendations further reviewed by other committees, the Union Environment Ministry has, yet again, retracted from its earlier stand