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Government to set up environment appraisal authority
The Government is setting up the National Environmental Appraisal and Monitoring Authority, a professional, science-based autonomous body, as part of efforts to bring in institutional reforms and to improve environmental governance in India.

Environment minister Jairam Ramesh today announced the setting up of a National Environmental Appraisal and Monitoring Authority (NEAMA) to carry out environmental appraisals.

"NEAMA will be a professional, science-based autonomous body for environmental appraisals and monitoring of compliance conditions," Ramesh told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Once appraised by NEAMA, projects would be sent with a recommendation to the Minister of Environment and Forests for approval, he said.

A final approval of the Minister is necessary to ensure that the principle of executive accountability is maintained, he said.

NEAMA will be a full-time body of professionals for environmental appraisals against the current system of appraisals done by environmental committees that are ad hoc and meet once in a month, Ramesh said.

It will maintain its own real-time and time-series databases on pollution loads across the country. The body will also ensure compliance with the conditions imposed on new projects that are granted environmental clearance.

Delivering a lecture at the Asian College of Journalism here, Ramesh said, "environmentalists just don't get it as far as economic growth is concerned and the growth-wallahs just don't get it as far as the imperative for environmental protection is concerned."

"I'm convinced that a working and balanced approach is the only way ahead," the minister said.

 

Source: Daily News and Analysis

Theme : [Environment]