Environment and forest and climate change minister Prakash Javadekar said his ministry is no longer playing “Office Office” with green clearances. He also stated that the entire process has been made transparent by bringing it online.
Mr Javdekar explained how his ministry sought procedures to simplify the process in the last three months. Policy-based decisions have been taken to ensure transparency in clearances, and there is no taxation now.
“We have made it clear that there will be a simpler, cleaner, speedier and transparent (online) mechanism in the ministry. We are taking decisions based on policies and merit…Therefore, there is no discrimination… We don’t know who owns the project, who the man is. The issue is, ‘what is the merit of the case, what is the merit of the project’… we are deciding on that basis”, said Javdekar.
“Under compensatory afforestation, we have in the last 12 years collected Rs 35,000 crore. The matter is in Supreme Court and we hope this month only we will decide on distribution of CAMPA funds as the SC is expected to give its final decision”, added Union Minister.