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Draft NEP 2004: A Flawed Vision

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Lele, Sharachchandra; Menon, Ajit
Journal: SEMINAR
Volume: 547
Date: 2005
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3249
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): environmental policy
National Environmental Policy
economic development
Abstract: "The draft National Environment Policy released by the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Government of India represents the first-ever attempt to draft a policy for the environment as a whole. The document endorses a broad set of concerns, including intra-generational and inter-generational equity, identifies the major environmental problems that India faces, and outlines their proximate and ultimate causes. In addressing these problems, it proposes to follow several principles such as the precautionary principle, polluter pays, incomparable values, public trust, decentralisation, and integration. It then tries to outline specific strategies and actions that should be given priority in each sector. We argue, however, that the draft is fundamentally flawed in its vision and its analysis of socio-environmental problems. Consequently, instead of mainstreaming environmental concerns into all development activities and sectors (its stated goal), it mainstreams the current notion of unbridled development into even the limited environmental regulation in the country."

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