Centre weakening and tweaking environmental laws, says Jairam Ramesh

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Congress leader Jairam Ramesh who held the ministry of environment, forest and climate change from 2009 to 2011, lashed out at the BJP-led government at the Centre. In furtherance, he accused the government of “weakening and tweaking” the country’s environmental laws in favour of industry.

Ramesh alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not practice what he preached regarding environment conservation.

At a sideline of the program here he told,

“The environmental laws are being weakened every day. The ministry of environment has become a rubber stamp body. In the name of ease of doing business, environmental laws are being tweaked in favour of industry.”

He lauded the efforts of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in environment conservation. According to him, she was a prime minister who walked the talk regarding environment conservation and included it in day-to-day governance.

Additionally, he said, “She spoke about environment conservation, climate change way back in 1972… The present prime minister does not walk the talk on environment conservation.”

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