Government committed to provide “Ease of doing Responsible Business”
India has been able to successfully place the concept of “Sustainable lifestyle” in the global discussions on climate change; this is now a part of preamble of the Paris Agreement, said Mr Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State (I/C) Environment, Forests and Climate Change. He was speaking at the session on “Balancing Economic Growth with Sustainable Development” at CII Annual Session 2016: Building National Competitiveness in New Delhi.
The Government has enabled online process for environment and forest clearances and has done away with unnecessary delays without compromising on environmental conditions. It is committed to facilitate ease of doing ‘Responsible’ business. The average time of granting approvals has come down from 600 days in 2004-09 to 190 days in last 22 months and the Government is committed to further bring it down to 100 days, stressed the Minister.
During the discussions at the session, the Minister agreed to create a special cell for providing technical advice to the industry on various environmental aspects, pollution control processes and associated technologies. This will help the industry especially micro, small and medium enterprises to take informed decisions about addressing their environmental impacts.
Our motto is “Development without Destruction”, said the Minister, and the Government is reviewing the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Act to promote sustainable development in the coastal areas. This may also help in ensuring livelihood security to the coastal communities through the promotion of activities like eco-tourism.
Speaking on the use of technology for sustainable development, the Minister said that the Government will soon make available an online environmental database which can be used to undertake Environment Impact Assessment with greater reliability.
Mr T V Narendran, Chairman, CII Eastern Region and Managing Director, Tata Steel Limited, suggested that businesses need to explore ways in which the limited resources could be employed more efficiently and stressed on creating the required enabling ecosystem.
Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises said that leveraging the information and communication technology is important for tackling sustainability challenges including climate change.
5 April 2016