The NDA government is serious about protecting the environment, unlike the last government led by the Congress, says Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar. In an exclusive interview to Rajya Sabha TV, Javadekar spoke on a host issues such as the Land Acquisition Bill and NDA government’s high-voltage anniversary celebrations.
Here are some excerpts:-
UPA exploited the tribals
The minister said the tribals have reposed their faith in the Modi government. “The UPA exploited the tribals during its tenure and never bothered to establish an actual connect with them,” he said.
Some NGOs only promote activism
Javadekar came down heavily on foreign-funded agencies and NGOs, saying a small set of people had monopolised the space of activism and this was an area of concern.
May not follow Subramanian Panel report in entirety
On the TSR Subramanian Committee report that recommended dilution of some environmental norms, Javadekar said, “it is only a recommendation and it won’t be followed in its entirety. The government will hold extensive consultations before firming it up.”
It is our duty to tell people what we have done
Javadekar defended the publicity campaign of the NDA government. He said, “It is the duty of ministers to go to the people and inform them what they’ve managed to do in one year.” He also added, “people are the mai-baap and that’s why Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a massive social outreach programme for the poor.”
BJP takes criticism better than Congress
Senior BJP ideologue Arun Shourie had slammed the government for concentrating power in a few hands. Reacting to this, Javadekar took a dig at the Congress. “Shourie can say such stuff only in the BJP. In the Congress no one can speak against Sonia or Rahul Gandhi,” he said.