Union Minister of state (MoS) with Independent Charge for environment, forests and climate change Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said that he would discuss the Kasturirangan report with all the seven chief ministers of the states along with all the stakeholders before arriving at any decision on the same.
He was speaking to media persons during a press conference after holding a meeting with Pune Municipal Corporation officials on issues related to Pune. Replying to a question whether he would meet scientist Madhav Gadgil who had submitted a report on Western Ghats, Javadekar said, "We have his report with us." Gadgil hails from Pune and his report had created a furore after which the earlier United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government had appointed Kasturirangan Committee in this regard.
While replying to a question on Kasturirangan committee report, Javadekar said that there are seven states to whom this report has been sent. He said that out of these seven states, he already has held discussions with four Chief Ministers including those of Kerala, Goa and Maharashtra. He said that he would discuss the issues with all the seven Chief Ministers and also discuss the same with all the stakeholders.
Javadekar said that the Committee has referred to the satellite imageries while preparing the report and it was necessary to ascertain the things on ground. He said that democratic process tells him that he should hear all the stakeholders before arriving at any decision in this regard.
BJP wants to scrap LBT
While replying to a question on LBT, Javadekar said, "The democratic front government in Maharashtra was taking decisions fast now ever since the Lok Sabha election results. This is nothing but impact of election results and as far as scrapping of LBT is concerned, it was BJP's demand from day 1.
Replying to a question on Medha Patkar's criticism of decision of increasing the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam on River Narmada, Javadekar said, "She was saying same thing right from the beginning."