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Ministry of Environment and Forests
18-November-2014 16:25 IST
TSR Subramanian Committee Submits Report to Shri Prakash Javadekar

The TSR Subramanian Committee headed by Shri TSR Subramanian today submitted its report to Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change

The TSR Subramanian Committee headed by Shri TSR Subramanian today submitted its report to Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change. The Committee was constituted to review the processes, laws and Acts of the Ministry. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Javadekar said that the Report was a historic achievement that would strengthen processes to balance developmental commitments and environment protection. The recommendations of the Report would enhance Ministry’s efforts to avoid undue delays and ensure transparency in clearances and implementation of projects. Lauding the efforts of the Committee for submitting the report in a short span of time, the Minister stated that Ministry would expedite consultations with all stakeholders for the timely implementation of the recommendations of the Committee. 

 

In his remarks, Shri TSR Subramanian, Chairman of the Committee, said that the committee had built on the existing mechanisms to optimize the efforts to balance developmental imperatives causing least possible damage to environment. The committee had undertaken wide-ranging consultations with stakeholders and formulated action points to streamline Ministry’s efforts to strengthen institutions and processes.

 

The Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change had appointed the High Level Committee (HLC) to review the following Acts administered by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.

(i)                Environment (Protection) Act, 1986

(ii)              Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980

(iii)             Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972

(iv)            The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974

(v)              The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act,   1981

The terms of reference were as follows:-

 (i)     To assess the status of implementation of each of the above Acts vis-a-vis the  objectives;

(ii)   To examine and take into account various court orders and judicial pronouncements relating to these Acts;

(iii)  To recommend specific amendments needed in each of these Acts so as to bring them in line with current requirements to meet objectives; and

(iv)  To draft proposed amendments in each of the above Acts to give effect to the proposed recommendations.

 

The composition of the Committee was as follows:-

(1)             Shri. T.S.R. Subramanian, Chairman

(2)             Shri Viswanath Anand, Member

(3)             Justice (Retd.) Sh. A.K. Srivastav, Member

(4)              Shri K.N. Bhat, Member

 

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