India rebuts UNs criticism of EIA

NEW DELHI: India has pushed back strongly at the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights over criticism of its proposed green norms, saying the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification does not violate its international green commitments but rather seeks to remove “redundancies” and bring “defaulters to the environmental regime” to book.
In its point-wise response to a communication of special rapporteur of the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, India said the proposed changes will promote the environmental cause and sustainable development as envisaged by international treaties.
The special rapporteur had in its communication to Indias external affairs ministry on August 31 expressed concerns of the Human Rights Council over alleged dilution of the existing EIA law in India and sought clarification on several points which are currently being opposed by environmentalists.
In its communication, India said that the exemptions have been proposed only in case of certain categories of projects under micro, small and medRead More – Source


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