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Rahul Gandhi is alleging about the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) 2020, brought up by Modi Government, will harm the Environment. These allegations are baseless as it is just another excuse for them to oppose on each and every decision made by the Govt.
Read this thread to understand what is the major change that has been incorporated in the Draft notification and why was that required to be incorporated.
#EIADraft2020 #EIA2020 #EIAForGreenIndia #EIANotification
In a layman's words EIA, is a process to evaluate the environmental impact of a proposed project (be it railways, bridge, roads, buildings). A decision making tool whereby people’s views are taken into consideration for granting approval to any developmental project or activity
For example: If the environment is to be affected, say when a bridge is being constructed by cutting down trees, the EIA should explain in detail what will be done to compensate for the cutting down of trees.
#EIA2020 #EIADraft2020
Why Modi Govt brings this?
The government has come out with the draft EIA 2020 mainly in view of rulings by the Jharkhand High Court ruling and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ruling in 2018
The NGT asked the Centre to strengthen the monitoring mechanism for compliance of EIA
The Major Change, which is misinterpreted by Congress to mislead everyone:


One of the arguments against the EIA is the Congress claims that is that ANY project can begin operation without environment clearance and then seek Post-Facto Approval
As per the DRAFT the Post-Facto Approval will apply only for those projects that are currently in operation and NO NEW project can seek post-facto approval.
Plus the exemption of Environment Clearance is on specific projects and not all. Read the Draft below
In fact the earlier EIA 2006, any "Category B2" projects did not require an Environment Impact report.
But the #EIADraft2020 requires few of the Category B2 projects require Prior Environment Clearance process to be placed before Appraisal Committee. See the comparison
Further, the post-facto approval pertains to only certain B2 Projects which are declared non-mining by the State governments, solar thermal power plants, and units inside approved special economic zones or notified industrial clusters.
#EIADraft2020 #EIAForGreenIndia
The #EIA2020 has clearly states that ANY NEW PROJECT, will require the permission for operations

It gives exemption to certain B2 projects which are exempted to be placed for appraisal committee but still required Prior Permission to operate
#EIADraft2020 #EIA #EIAForGreenIndia
Approval for Infrastructure projects

Congress argues that no environment clearance is required for ANY infrastructure projects and thus roads can be constructed taking away lands of poor farmers.
Another attempt to mislead the people. Lets see how?

#EIADraft2020 only speaks of ONLY all projects concerning National Defence and Security or Involving strategic considerations NOT all infrastructure projects.

In the standoff against China, well-constructed roads helped India build reinforcement in the border areas quickly
Truth About Exemptions To Public Hearings

Congress accuses that there is NO scope for Public hearings for a new project proposals. This is totally false. As per #EIADraft2020, ALL projects require public hearings.
The only exemptions are for projects such as modernisation of irrigation systems, and others that don’t have an environmental impact and those of national defence importance
Why should a project of national defence be PUBLIC?
Time cut in Public hearing:

The cut in the time given for public consultations is veru much fair as this would reduce the manoeuvring by anti-social elements and vested interests and three months is a sufficient time for hearing.

Draft EIA 2020 is against corruption. Public hearing for projects is a very ugly process in reality. There are deliberate reasons to provoke Locals to obstruct and delay the project, who when are bribed allow the project int heir locality.
#EIADraft2020 #EIA2020 #EIA2020draft
NGO workers are paid and brainwashed people by Congress who will always make a hurdle towards development. An unbiased view of draft shows that these campaigns are being deliberately run to mislead the people. Specially in Tamil Nadu ahead of elections in 2021
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