Mr. Narendra Modi, you have really led the country by the example, in preferring to care for the ‘Mother India’ over your own mother. (I understand, by the ‘Mother India’ you mean part of mother earth and all its people, flora and fauna which fall under Indian Territory). And showing concern for reviving holy river Ganga! (Please mind, holy not for nationalist Hindu alone, but to all equally, as it is the lifeline of all the people irrespective of their religion).
But the best of all your effort is: taking time out – from your busy schedule – in guiding the future generation with your rich experience on this; as, unless we make them understand the importance of all this, no purpose would be served. And for all that, until he attended you teacher’s day class – despite of our opposition – our son has been your fan.
But, he is confused and concerned now, and feels, how can you claim to serve the Mother India, if you hold the opinion that: ‘there is nothing like ‘climate change’ that exists; and it is only that different people feel weather differently!’ Because, in his class 10th and 11th, he prepared a project on climate change – and for that what he had searched through books and Google; spoken with us and his teachers, and all that he learned through all this, is now entirely reversed by you. You advised them to learn more about this from your book on ‘Climate Change’.
To find the Prime Mister of the country, making such a statement on a subject like ‘Climate Change’, I too was perturbed and intrigued, so to learn more on this, I went through your book – which is available on the web – and found that rather than a book on the subject, its’ Gujarat Government’s progress report on infrastructure development. I couldn’t find any scientifically and technically convincing answer in the book that supports your statement. Yet, he was convinced that, being the head of a nation – who is one of the most important members in the United Nation – which is going to negotiate on climate change sometime soon, in September 2014 – how could you afford to hold such an opinion unless you were misinformed by your advisors?
So, my son venture to advise you, not to rely on your advisors any more, and surf required information on Google by yourself; as he already knew that you are good at surfing! And, if you do that, you would know that your scientific advisor have withheld the information with you on IPCC’s (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report dated 31st March, 2014; in which they have warned that: “the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate.
The report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming”. And, again, in its press release of 13th April, 2014 it said; “Global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change.
Emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.” I suppose you already know that The IPCC is a United Nations and World Meteorological Organizations body on climate change and Rejendra Pauchori of India is its chairman.
I hope, you could comfortably agree with the report? On Google, you would also come across another report on climate change’s impact in Ganga basin: ‘Facing Facts: Ganga Basin’s Vulnerability to Climate Change’, a report released by the World Wild Life Fund (WWF) in 2011, which say that: “Paying a closer attention to the nexus between development and the consequence of climate change impacts is essentially critical in the context of planning adaptation measures to reduce current and future vulnerabilities.”
As you already appear misinformed by your advisors on the impact of ‘Climate Change’, you are more likely to be mistaken in your effort to form a committee – on the demand from corporate forces – to dilute various laws concerning environmental protection. And for that, the ministry of ‘environment, forests and climate’ on August 29th constituted a high level committee with the intention to amend: Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981.
Please go through the government records to know it yourself that, over one million hectares of India’s forest stand to be destroyed from coal mining in just 13 coal-fields in Central India. Without realizing repercussion of its recommendations, and verifying Ministry of Environment & Forest’s (MOEF) positive role in addressing some of the genuine environment concern, some vested forces engaged in criticizing the delay in environment clearance to various projects would prove an effort to disguise to dilute environmental protection law.
In August 2012, then minister of MOEF, Jayanthi Natarajan had refuted these charges that her Ministry was responsible for the power shortage facing the country, stating that the environmental clearances for coal mining and coal-fired power plants actually exceed the Indian government’s own targets till 2017. As about the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), even the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute is termed as one of the “most notorious EIA consultants.”
In another matter of different mining projects in five different villages of Rajasthan, they have an identical Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) prepared by single EIA consultant— R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur. Center for Science and Environment (CSE) carried out the technical analysis of the EIA-EMP report of Gare Pelma Block III coal mining and washery, on the request of a local NGO, for the project that is to come up in the Mand-Raigarh coal-fields in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh.
The CSE has concluded that the EIA report fails to make a cumulative assessment of the project along with all the existing projects. You as you bowed to have a corruption free government, you need to know, with clean financial management aimed to improve human life, will prove pointless without equally sound environmental condition.
Since its first conference in 1972, it has been repeatedly established by the United Nation. The United Nation Environment Program has rather coined a new term, “green economy”: “that recognizes the properties of healthy ecosystems as the backbone of economic and social well-being and as a precondition for poverty reduction.
Please note that, the CAG, which has rocked your predecessor UPA, with its various reports on financial irregularities, that helped you score the victory. Is equally empowered and required to enlarge its scope under the mandate of, “International Organization of Supreme Audit Institution (INTOSAI)”, and, apart from conventional three E’s of Economy, Efficiency and Effectiveness, need to adopt e fourth E, that is Environment.
Let me explain to you, as per the INTOSIA guidelines the CAG is supposed to audit the performance of any department/ministry on the following five points:
One, Audit of Government’s Monitoring of Compliance with Environmental Laws, under which the CAG is expected to audit and offer an opinion on compliance of existing environmental laws. Second, Audit of Government’s monitoring of Compliance with Environmental Programs, where CAG is required to opine on performance of environmental programs/projects/strategy.
Third, Audit of Environmental Impact of other Government Program, under this head CAG is to opine on the environmental impact of programs undertaken by other ministries; fourth, Audit of Environment Management System, in this the CAG is to opine on the implementation of Environment management System (EMI), Fifth, Evaluation of Environment policies and Programs, under this comment on the lack of a policy framework. But, if your government diluted the basic environmental laws and provisions, how would CAG perform its duty to control the ‘Environmental Health’?
Please be warned, dilution of these laws would ultimately prove detrimental in your effort to save Ganga and ultimately serve the ‘‘Mother India’. So please prevail upon your ministers, not to dilute the environmental protection laws. And deliberate with CAG to enlarge its scope of environmental audits. Hope, some reports on Climate Change would help correct your stamen on the ‘Climate Change’; otherwise, my son would remain confused, as to whom to believe on: Prime Minister of the country or information he is reading on the subject? He is inclined to disbelieve you!
In his formative years of the carrier as future of the nation, I don’t wish him to disbelieve the Prime Minister he so admired. This is not good for any nation; isn’t it?
– Anurag Modi
National Secretary, Samajwadi Jan Parishad
Related articles across the web