TOPIC: environmental impact assessment
5) Examine the process related to granting environmental clearances in India and bring out the shortcomings in the process?(250 words)
Why this question
The recent office memorandum, as highlighted in the article, talked about introducing certain changes in the process of granting environmental clearances. While the new idea of corporate environment Responsibility is important in itself, the important thing to be discussed is the entire process of EIA
Key demand of the question
The question expects that we detail out the entire process of EIA – both the operational as well as the legal angles. Thereafter, we are required to examine the status of environmental clearances in India and whether there are any shortcomings in the process which need to be eradicated.
Examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic, get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any . Discuss the issues as highlighted above.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Mention about the need for having a sound environmental clearance process to ensure sustainable development.
- Detail out the entire process including the legal and operational angles.
- Discuss the current situation in India with regards to the said process to understand how the working of the process is.
- Examine whether there are any shortcomings in the process which need to be reformed
- Way forward
Conclusion – Mention that there is a need of paradigm shift in environmental management before the water crosses the bridge.