Why our Forest and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh wakes up so late ?He had ordered to stop Vedanta/Cairn Deal,Closure of Styerilite Copper Smelting Plant at Tuticurin aftre 10 years then Lavasa and now demolition order for Aadarsh Housing ! Can't they reclaim and distribute the same to Kargil War Widows ?
Is it environment or politics ??
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Minister you named has taken the charge in late 2009. Jairam Ramesh is truly India's first independent thinking environment minister and it is also probably for the first time that an environmentalist has become a minister. There may be criticism against his way of functioning, but he has given teeth to the environment ministry as T N Seshan [ Images ] had done to the Election Commission. Nobody used to take the environment ministry seriously earlier. Projects used to go on without environmental clearances or conditional clearances which were never honoured. It was believed by the development enthusiasts, especially promoters of big projects which had an environment cost, that this ministry was essentially an obstacle which was not insurmountable.
Let us applaude his efforts. He is taking positions which are normally taken by activists and their organisations. But he is not somebody who can be merely dismissed as one moved by passion alone.