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Govt looking to halve time for environment clearances: Environment Minister

Published Oct 23, 2016, 9:07 pm IST
Updated Oct 23, 2016, 9:08 pm IST
The minister also assured the industry of rendering full support of his ministry, even as he urged it to protect the environment.
Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave. (Photo: File)
 Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave. (Photo: File)

Indore: Government is looking to reduce the time by half to 50-60 days for granting forest and environment clearances to industrial projects, Union Environment and Forest Minister Anil Madhav Dave said on Sunday.

"Earlier, it used to take 300 days to pass a file related with these clearances and people used to talk about imposing different taxes. Now, it is taking 120 days and I would like to reduce it to 50-60 days. Two months' time should be there for forest and environment clearances," he said at the Global Investors Summit in Indore.


Assuring investors of faster clearances, the minister said, "No tax will be imposed, no file will take 300 days.

Within 120 days, you will get your file (done) and if you face any (problem), call me directly. I don't have PA (personal aide), I pick my phone myself."

The minister also assured the industry of rendering full support of his ministry, even as he urged it to protect the environment and also focus on R&D activities.

Talking about the negotiations on Montreal Protocol, he said that all focus was there on HFC 22. Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) is the gas used in refrigerators.


He said that only 2 American companies have the patents for these gases and the the reason is that industry is not focusing on R&D.

Dave suggested that like CSR, a certain amount of turnover or net profit could be used on R&D activities as that will help India become patent holder.

Speaking on the occasion, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said Madhya Pradesh has potential to attract both domestic and global investments.

"It is not Madhya Pradesh, it's 'Mukhya Pradesh'...the state is an ideal destination for investment. It has friendly and conducive business environment. I appeal all investors to come here... It is not in the BIMARU list today," he said.


Naidu also mentioned some of the Centre's schemes such as Smart City, Swacch Bharat and Housing for All and said the government is taking several initiatives to boost the country's economic growth.

During the last one year, the government has approved "13.7 lakh houses... with investments of Rs 60,000 crore have been sanctioned...," he said, adding if the country has to prosper, states will have to develop.

The Urban Development Minister further said the entire world is facing slowdown but India has become the preferred destination for FDI.


"Thousands of crores of investments are planned in MP. So, I appeal to investors to feel here and invest," he said.

Talking about the Prime Minister, he said MODI means "making of developed India" and it is a movement and the industry should join this.

On the government's commitment to root out corruption, Naidu said that some people complain that Narendra Modi "khate nai, kisi ko khane dete nai".

He was referring to one of the Prime Minister's speeches in which he had said that "Na khaunga, na khane dunga (neither will I indulge in corruption, nor allow anyone else to indulge in it).


Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot asked the industry to set up units in the country to manufacture modern prosthetic legs and hands.