On World Environment Day, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh launched a scathing attack on the Modi government, accusing them of pushing for a radical relaxation of environment and forest laws. He emphasized the stark contrast between the government’s global rhetoric and their actual actions on the ground.
Allegations of Loosening Laws
Ramesh highlighted the government’s efforts to liberalize environmental approvals and make significant amendments to the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, without consulting the relevant Standing Committee. He also pointed out that the Forest Rights Act, 2006, has been rendered ineffective, negatively impacting tribal communities. Additionally, he criticized the weakening of the National Green Tribunal and the opening up of the elephant trade.
Concerns of More Deregulation
The Congress leader expressed concerns that more assaults on environmental regulations are in the pipeline. He also alleged that environmental activists have been intimidated, further exacerbating the gap between the government’s global promises and their local actions.
World Environment Day Significance
World Environment Day, organized annually by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since 1973, serves as a prominent global platform for raising awareness and fostering public engagement on environmental issues.
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