October 3, 2010

Profile of India’s Environment Minister: Jairam Ramesh

Filed under: Asia — inece @ 12:28 pm

The Huffington Post published a recent op-ed titled Jairam Ramesh: India’s Environmental Revolutionary?

Maharashtra, India. By flickr user flickrohit

[Ramesh] pointed out that India has very strong environmental laws — but has historically had very weak environmental enforcement. And he’s on the verge of changing that.

He has started by setting the example. A whole series of high-profile development projects — most prominently a bauxite-mining concession in the eastern state of Orissa — have been halted on the grounds that they lack the proper permits.  A number of major and well-connected companies have seen significant hits to their stock prices as investors began to realize that they had been counting on their connections — not their compliance — to satisfy environmental standards.

Now Ramesh is moving to institutionalize his tough, law-and-order stand so that environmental compliance by even the well-connected will become India’s new norm.

For the full article, visit huffingtonpost.com.

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