Environment protection and Development need to be synergized

Ques. for Mains - 
Q1. "For balanced sustainable development it is extremely vital to bring about a synergy between the parameters of environment protection and development", Critically comment.
Q2. "The  National Green Tribunal of India has successfully provided an institutional mechanism and framework to address the needs and concerns pertaining to the environment", Discuss.

For balanced sustainable development it is extremely vital to bring about a synergy between the parameters of environment protection and development.  A synthesis of these objectives would enable achieving the mission of ‘Clean India Green India’.  At the same time, the new architecture and road map being outlined by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change was taking into account the needs, requirements and contemporary trends of the issues being debated and discussed.

People’s participation is a prerequisite to address the challenges facing the environment. The need of the hour is also to understand issues in a proper perspective and provide practical solutions to problems.  The spirit of this principle needed to be applied across the board in order to ensure development balanced with environmental protection.  The policy initiatives being undertaken focused on timelines, transparency and accountability.  Monitoring processes are being put in place to ensure a comprehensive institutional mechanism to address the issues that required attention.

The National Green Tribunal had provided an institutional mechanism and framework to address the needs and concerns pertaining to the environment.  During his address the Minister touched upon the recent initiatives undertaken by the Government.  Specific reference was made to the initiatives undertaken yesterday regarding the National Air Quality Index, the proposals initiated by the Government on Climate Change during the Budget, the measures pertaining to cleaning of the Ganga and the Himalayan protection initiative.

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