Bring back the rights of the citizens exempted by the new DRAFT EIA2020

Bring back the rights of the citizens exempted by the new DRAFT EIA2020

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Neethya L started this petition to Shri Prakash Javedkar (Cabinet Minister - Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) (Union Minister - Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) and

WHAT IS AN EIA? 

An EIA(Enviroment Impact Assessment ) is an assessment  of evaluating the environmental impacts caused by the industrial projects and submitting the report to the government prior to the decision to move forward with the proposed action 

EIA REPORT:  IT MUST CONTAIN A DETAILED EXPLANATION ON THE POTENTIAL DAMAGE CAUSED ON THE ENVIRONMENT (such as; no.of trees being cut, level of pollution emitted, impact caused on the livelihood and other organisms surrounding it) AND ON HOW THE LOSS ON THE ENVIRONMENT WOULD BE COMPENSATED AND BALANCED 

DRAWBACKS OF NEW DRAFT EIA2020 :

  • IT ALLOWS POST-FACTO CLEARANCES :- The provision is likely to encourage industries to commence operation without bothering for environmental  clearance and eventually can get regularised by paying the penalty amount.
  • INDUSTRIES OF STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE? It exempts  industries of 'strategic importance ' from getting an environmental clearance (only the central government has the authority to decide what is 'strategic' or 'not'. "i am at loss to understand which projects will be termed as strategic or not")
  • SUBMISSION OF EIA REPORT: The submission of the EIA(Environmental Impact Assessment)  is reduced from twice in a year to once in a year

"The draftEIA2020 not only relaxes the norms to attract rich industrialist but, also minimises the public participation posing a great threat to our democratic system"

  • MINIMISES PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND VIOLATES THE RIGHTS OF THE CITIZENS : Infrastructural projects (such as irrigation system, building of dams,etc.),Defense-related projects such as building of national highways and those within 100km of the border areas are out from the purview of public consultations.

STATES ALONG THE BORDER AREAS :   Many forest rich states such as ASSAM, MIZORAM(90% of the area is covered in forest) ,NAGALAND,ARUNACHAL PRADESH could be easily devastated in a short period of time

 "IN THE WORLD'S TOP 10 MOST POLLUTED CITITES, INDIA HOLDS  ALL THE TOP 7 POSITIONS  AND 5TH IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE"

  • MINIMUM DAYS FOR PUBLIC RESPONSES:  Earlier the EIA report was made available 30 days in advance of the public hearing but, now has been reduced to 20 days.Which makes it harder for the people living in remote areas and villages, to get the document and understand  it and discuss among the others.

INDIA CONTAINS A VAST BIODIVERSITY WITH THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF DIFFERENT SPECIES. 

IF THIS LAW COMES INTO ACT,

MANY FOREST MAY SOON END UP BEING DESERTS AND MANY OTHER SPECIES RACE TOWARS EXTINCTION. FUTURE RESOURCES WOULD BE PERISHED,GIVING NO HOPE  FOR OUR UPCOMING GENERATIONS .

When the global warming rises up in full throttle, our current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic falls down to a hand full of water compared to an ocean of consequences.

YES, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO BOOST OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH TO COMPENSATE THE LOSS DUE TO THE PANDEMIC BUT NOT AT THE COST OF OUR FUTURE. AND I PERSONALLY BELIEVE  THE  DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY MAY RISE IN LEVELS IF IT FOCUSES ON GROSS DOMESTIC HAPPINESS (countries like Nepal follow such a system )INSTEAD OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP). 

"ECONOMIC GROWTH MUST COME, BUT THAT GROWTH MUST NOT COME BY UNDERMINING OUR PRISTINE ENVIRONMENT ."

Our nature and it resources are being engulfed by rich industrialist and powerful authorities in front of our very eyes. 

LET US TOGETHER SAVE OUR NATURE

Raise your voice to save our future, sign and share this petition to make your voice count.

 

-Neethya. L ,Bhargav Repaka                                 

 

 

 

 

 

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