A group of ministers headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has agreed to a proposal for Cabinet scrutiny of infrastructure projects rejected by the Environment Ministry in dense forest areas. The move could open up more forest areas for coal mining.
As environment ministers go, Jairam Ramesh is a breath of fresh air: he has made environment part of the economic discourse. He has brought in a measure of transparency and out-of-the-box thinking to environmental governance.
ANDHRA Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has been asked to look into complaints about the non-implementation of the Forest Rights Act in the Polavaram project area. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had written to Kiran Kumar