IT HAPPENS ONLY IN INDIA,
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it is good to eat as many as vegetables and fruits (totally vegetarian), but my aurvedic doctor asked me to stop eating every...
there's been a last ditch attempt to protect local management of ecologically sensitive areas from the government's
axe. Environment groups in Maharashtra have approached the Union ministry of environment and forests (moef) asking
it to not to disband local authorities and monitoring committees that are at present legally entrusted with the planning and management of these
The immediate threat to esas comes from moef's draft National Environment Tribunal
Bill, due to be taken up at the upcoming parliament session. The bill seeks to dissolve authorities set up under Section 3(3) of the Environment
Protection Act, which includes all esa authorities and also the committee set up for evaluating their proposals.
moef has proposed to set up a national level and four regional-level tribunals to implement the recommendations of the
186th Report of the Law Commission. The report discusses setting up of the tribunals and states that the National Environment Appellate Authority
and National Environment Tribunal be dissolved. moef has gone even a step further by proposing to dissolve 16 such
The bill talks of handing over powers of the existing authorities/committees to State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authorities, the agency
responsible to grant or reject environment clearances under Environment Impact Notification, 2006. This move will severely impact localised
management and monitoring of esas, say environmentalists . esas are notified by class='UCASE'>moef as per the powers granted to it under the section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and section 5(1) of the
Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986. The esas that have approached moef are Matheran,
Dahanu and Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani. For the past few years, moef has been under pressure to open up class='UCASE'>esas for 'development' purposes (see 'Black attack', Down To Earth, December 15, 2004).