Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Are we ever going to take it seriously?

Environment & Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh’s moratorium on Bt Brinjal was criticized by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, S&T Minister Prithviraj Chavan and HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. A few months ago, Ramesh’s ministry was criticized by Maharashtra state government for not giving clearances to some power projects proposed in the close vicinity of the protected areas of Melghat, Chandoli and Koyana. Recently, at a conference in Mumbai, state forest minister Patangrao Kadam insisted only on clearances and funds. And now Minister of Road Transport and Highways Kamal Nath has asked Prime Minister to intervene and “ensure” that the environment ministry "fast-track" clearances to the key highway projects . A news report has claimed that Kamal Nath’s letter to PM has mentioned about three projects in Maharashtra and at least four in Assam, of which one passes through the Pench National Park in MP.
Well, are we ever going to take environment ministry seriously? are we ever going to get realised that it is and if not has to be made much more than the clearance giving authority?

- Reshma