Subramanian Committee had been tasked with suggesting amendments to environmental laws
The Parliamentary Committee has rejected its report
New Delhi, July 24, 2015: “A review of our environmental laws has become an absolute necessity as the existing systems are not working well. We need major reforms in green laws and institutions that implement these laws,” said Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in response to the recent move of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests in recommending a review of the TSR Subramanian Committee’s suggestions.
CSE has welcomed the Parliamentary Committee’s recommendation of setting up another committee to conduct this review. CSE had deposed before the Parliamentary Committee during the review of the High-Level Subramanian Committee (HLC) report.
The Standing Committee has said the time given to the HLC was too short, considering the significance of issues it was dealing with.
In 2014, the HLC chaired by former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian was entrusted with the task of reviewing and suggesting amendments to all the major environmental laws of the country. The committee was given only three months for the task. In November 2014, the committee submitted its report to the environment ministry.
CSE has already expressed its strong reservations on many of the HLC recommendations, such as on public hearing, fast tracking projects, proposal of developing a new law which is largely clearance-centric etc. But it has also appreciated the HLC’s observations on multiplicity of laws and processes, and the need for improvement in compliance and enforcement.
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