- First of all, we have been given just 15 days for raising our objection. Is your Ministry under an assumption that we will open the website of MOEFCC as a daily routine and do you really think that 15 days is enough timeline to send our objections in detail? Given the kind of amendments you are proposing in some of the crucial acts, and if you are really serious of including our views you must have given us adequate time to think over the draft, discuss with our colleagues and send you detailed comments. Unfortunately, the deadline was too short and hence this short representation to you.
- I strongly condemn the categorization of the damages as ‘substantial damage’, ‘minor violation’ and ‘non-substantial damage’. This is not only without any justification and backed by any scientific explanation-this would complicate our rights to get justice as the main argument will be whether the violation is minor, substantial or non-substantial. For us, any act which can alter the basic biological, chemical and physical properties of environment is substantial enough to cause damage to the environment.
- The intensity of penalty must be based on how much damage the violator has caused and how much efforts will be required to compensate the loss. We cannot put a cap over the amount of penalty a violator is liable to pay. I am also doubtful that whether any robust calculations are available with the Ministry while putting the penalty amounts. In such case, how MOEFCC concluded on the penalty amounts for violations is highly unconvincing.
- It is very unclear about the constitution of the adjudicating authority which seems to be like an additional layer to National Green Tribunal and obviously there are further clarifications needed like why it is created? How the Selection Committee will appoint the adjudicating authority? Whether this Selection Committee will be independent enough from the government? Etc etc.. on which this amendment bill is completely silent.
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