Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has been undertaking various new initiatives to protect the environment. Minister Prakash Javadekar today addressed a press conference and played a short film on the transformative initiatives by the ministry.
The presser was organised at National Media Centre. Mr. Javadekar informed that India leads the world in tiger population. He added that, more than 70% of the global wild tiger population is in India and that the government has allocated Rs. 380 crore has been allotted to the Project Tiger for the year 2016-17.
Minister told at the occasion that the mantra of the department was development without destruction. Mr. Javadekar also wished ISRO all the best for their future endeavours while congratulating ISRO scientists on the launch of first indigenous space shuttle RLV-TD.
Mr. Javadekar further mentioned that his ministry wanted to maintain balance and protect the five elements (Fire, Earth, Air, Water, Sky). At the presser Mr. Javadekar mentioned that his ministry had made the process of approval standardise, decentralised, transparent and fast.
Achievements of the ministry listed:
- Forest cover increased
- Industrial pollution better monitored and controlled
- 2000 approvals have unlocked Rs. 10 lakh crore of investment and 10 lakh job potential
- Project approval period reduced from 600 days to 190 days by standardisation, decentralisation, transparent processes and policy decisions
- Protected India's interest in Paris at COP 21.
Minister Prakash Javadekar outlined afforestation measures taken by his ministry and mentioned that India's forest cover is 21% and target is 33% which is possible only through tree cover outside forest area.
Mr. Javadekar also talked about how the ministry is working for protecting wild life of India and mentioned that India has robust wildlife with 30,000 plus elephants and 3,000 plus single horn rhinos. He also talked about how his ministry is taking special efforts to avoid animal human conflict and how 25 villages and 3,000 families had voluntarily relocated to avoid it. He also talked about forest Initiatives taken for better discoveries and technology.
Mr. Javadekar listed efforts done by his ministry to control and monitor pollution. He said that emission standards have been upgraded for many industries. He also talked about 24x7 real time emission and effluent monitoring installed in 2,400 pollution industries. He mentioned that 650 closure notices have been issued and industrial pollution in Ganga River has been reduced by 35%.
He also briefed about waste management rules being revamped and ministry coming up with new formula to measure air quality. His ministry's biggest achievement of promoting Ease of Doing Responsible Business found a long mention in the presser. Mr Javadekar listed out all the measures taken by the ministry to promote Ease of Doing Responsible Business.
Mr. Javadekar informed that all important mangroves have increased by more than 100 sq. km. He also talked about COP21 and said that India will create additional carbon sink of 2.5 billion tonnes. He went on to mention that India played a proactive and leadership role in COP21.