Draft Environment Rules For Suit-Boot Friends, Loot Nation: Rahul Gandhi

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Sunday urged folks to protest the EIA 2020 draft.

New Delhi:

In a tweet replete with jibes on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central authorities, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi referred to as for withdrawal of the brand new Surroundings Affect Evaluation (EIA) 2020 draft to cease “LootOfTheNation”. A day earlier he had stated the draft provisions are “harmful” and if notified, the long run penalties will likely be “catastrophic”.

The draft EIA notification, which includes process of issuing environmental clearances to varied tasks, was issued by the Surroundings Ministry in March this 12 months and public solutions had been invited.

Utilizing PM Modi’s catchphrase “Mitron”, Mr Gandhi’s Hindi tweet stated the draft was yet one more instance of the lengths to which the BJP authorities would go for its “suit-boot” pals – a reference typically employed by the Congress to criticise BJP-led Central authorities choices seen as anti-poor and meant to safeguard pursuits of industrialists.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Sunday urged folks to protest the EIA 2020 draft.

In a Fb put up utilizing the hashtag “WithdrawEIA2020”, Mr Gandhi stated the concept Surroundings Affect Evaluation may be given put up facto might “unleash widespread environmental destruction and mayhem throughout India”.

“That’s, EIA may be achieved, after a undertaking has already destroyed the atmosphere,” the previous Congress chief stated.

“Think about this: in keeping with our “Swachh Bharat” (Clear India) propagating authorities, if labelled strategic, extremely polluting industries comparable to coal mining and different mineral mining will not require Environmental Affect Evaluation,” Gandhi stated referring to the federal government public sale of 40 coal blocks to make the nation “self-reliant” within the face of financial slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This may end result within the huge hacking down of timber, resulting in the destruction of habitats of hundreds of endangered species… I urge each Indian to stand up and protest towards it. A battle to guard the environment cuts throughout political and ideological beliefs. If nothing else, the current COVID-19 pandemic has proven us how fragile human life is,” he stated.

Gandhi’s criticism of the draft EIA notification got here days after Union Surroundings Minister Prakash Javadekar stated it doesn’t calm down the method of public listening to, however goals to make it extra significant.

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