Current News & Events

A place for short notes about the events and news that have positively impacted us or organized by us. Some of them would be global in nature, some national and some very local. Our goal is to 'report' in an unbiased way about the news & events that we have truly 'felt' and 'experienced' in our lives.

Know about EIA 2020

With the newly proposed EIA 2020 Act (Environment Impact Assessment), projects that impact the Environment adversely may get approved easily.

The Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change has put out the draft notification for public consultation till 30th June 2020. Request everyone to send an email to eia2020-moefcc@gov.in mentioning your views before 30th June!


To understand the History of EIA, please click here

To read about the EIA2020, please click here

To know expert opinions about the EIA, please click here


After going through the information, if you believe the EIA draft notification needs to be altered, please draft an email explaining your opinion and send it to MOEFCC (Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change) via email eia2020-moefcc@gov.in. If you are uncomfortable drafting on your own, you can copy paste the following content and send it to eia2020-moefcc@gov.in.


It's a responsibility every educated citizen of India should undertake, to participate in the shaping the governing policies of the Country!

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Dear Sir/Madam,


We wish to see the following changes in the EIA 2020:

The new rule, instead of reducing the time for public consultation, should focus on ensuring access to information as well as awareness about the public hearing and its impact upon the whole EIA process.


In order to improve ease of doing business, the government should bring down the average delay of 238 days in granting environmental clearance, that emanates from bureaucratic delays and complex laws.


The clause that says 'Detailed scrutiny' by the Expert Committee is required for new construction projects up to 20,000 square metres should be retained. (the new rule suggests to increase the project size to 1,50,000 square metres. Such projects are entitled to be exempted from EIA studies and public consultation.


Regards

Vegetables Raw Food - Demo & Sale

On 20th June 2020 evening, Sri Narayan Bhat came to Prakriti Store to demonstrate and sell various kinds of Vegetables raw food - a tasty snack/meal made out of uncooked fresh vegetables and spices. The participants were excited at the taste of such wholesome meal options and enquired about the composition, do's and don'ts of such food.

Sri Narayan Bhat has over 30 years of experience in making delicious snack/meal out of raw vegetables. He was the first to introduce Banana stem as a raw ingredient in the road side eateries 25 years back. He's creative, knowledgeable and simple. He has studies astronomy, astrology and various other traditional disciples.

The vegetables were cleaned properly and disinfected with extra care due to the current Covid-19 crisis.

Resource person: Sri Narayan Bhat

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Learning the difference between cooked food and uncooked food can happen only through Experience!

Local Governance: Roots of Democracy

In the administration of Indian Democracy, Local Governance Bodies are established to empower the common man and to decentralize the powers of the State. As per the Constitution, the finance provided by the Centre to the States should be distributed to the Local Governance Bodies by the State Governments - for Infrastructure Development and other Essential Utilities work like road laying, water management etc.

For such works to happen effectively, Contract are to allocated based on the resolutions passed in the corresponding Local bodies. However, against this norm, the Tamilnadu Government took Suo motto decisions on issuing these contracts without involving the Local Bodies in 2019.

A few local leaders went to the Court saying its 'unconstitutional'. At the end of the proceedings at the Hight Court, the order was passed in favour of the Local leaders, cancelling contracts worth 2,650 crores of rupees.

Its a Judgement that every Indian who believes in the Constitution should appreciate and apply in their own context!Let's make Bharath Matha proud again!

For more details, the Judgement can be downloaded from here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-Xcc7Txs1suy9sWdkVHcu64TnWUmU8z5/view?usp=sharing

Translated from Anandha Vikatan, 21st Oct 2020, P6