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To: Mr Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change
Send your comments on EIA Draft notification 2020
Scrap the Draft EIA notification 2020
Why is this important?
Earlier last month, the Ministry of Environment proposed a new set of recommendations around environmental clearances in India in the form of the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2020.
The primary and most obvious concern around these new recommendations is that they heavily favor industries and not the environment. It proposes to ease processes for business, does away with public hearings for many crucial development projects, and has eased rules for expansion of projects among other things. At a time when we’re grappling with the impact of climate change, a draft that prioritizes unsustainable development sets a dangerous precedent.
In the environment clearance process, public consultation is an important component. The concerns of local affected persons and communities, who have a stake in the environmental impact of the project, must be taken into account while the project is being designed. This draft notification though has merely expanded the list of projects that don’t need a public consultation before getting environment clearances.
Environmentalists believe the draft is completely contrary to the principles of environmental protection. By giving discretionary powers to authorities and legitimizing the illegalities committed by industries, The draft will unleash a great deal of harm on our environment.
Send this email to the Ministry of Environment NOW and stop them from diluting the EIA notification 2006 further.
In partnership with Citizen consumer and civic action group (CAG), we have created a template email that you can undersign and send to the Ministry of Environment before August 11.