First Tamil Cinema Celebrity To Raise Voice Against EIA 2020 !!

Environmental Impact Assessment is a process or study which predicts the effect of a proposed industrial/infrastructural project on the environment. It prevents the proposed activity/projects from being approved without proper oversight or taking adverse consequences into account. The new EIA draft of India is widely criticized for its problematic changes in rules. Experts believe most of the provisions in the new draft of EIA proves to be a reghressive departure from the earlier version.

The union ministry of the environment, forest and climate change unveiled the draft to the public in March 2020 seeking to replace the 2006 version of the law. The number of people who are opposing the new draft is increasing in daily manner. On 30th June, the Delhi high court extended the deadline for the public to express their opinions on the EIA Draft 2020. August 11 is the last day for public to state their objection through sending mail to [email protected]

One of the main reason behind the draft being opposed by experts is the post-facto environmental clearance for several large scale projects, including industrial projects, which have potential to cause severe damage to the environment. For instance, all inland waterway projects and national highways expansion projects need not obtain environmental clearance before the work on the projects begin. Instead, the developers can obtain a clearance after starting the project which is called as post-facto environmental clearance. Earlier, in 2020 Supreme court disapproved this practice saying that it will lead to irreparable degradation of the environment.

The EIA draft which weakens the public consultation process by reducing the number of days within which the public can express their opinions, also suggests that the violation of environmental laws can be reported only by government authorities or the developers of the project. It means that public people and environmental activists cannot raise voice against any project like in the past. The draft asks the violators themselves to self-report against them about breaking the law.

Followed by several people from public and political party members, actor Karthi Sivakumar becomes the first cinema celebrity to raise voice against the EIA 2020 draft. The actor, in his post, has said that the proposed EIA 2020 Draft has instilled new fears in the minds of the common man and experts.

He said constructing heavy industries with irrecoverable cost cannot be considered as a success and development in his post. He said that the endeavor will be seen as an exercise to systematically dismantle a promising future of our generations to come.

He questioned the government on the Posto facto clearance and diluted impetus on public hearing and public consultation. He also questioned why the draft has been published only in Hindi and English when there are millions of Indians from Kanyakumari to Kashmir who knows only their native language. He insisted the government to publish the draft in all the languages.

The actor who questioned the emergency of implementing this draft amidst COVID 19 pandemic, asked public to raise their voice against it by sending mail to [email protected]

Here his press release :

As soon as Karthi released his statement, supporters of BJP party stormed into his comment section to criticize the actor and his knowledge in the matter. They alleged that the actor is pretending to support people as theatre owners released statement against his family for releasing movie in OTT platform.

Check out some of their reactions below :

Comment your views on this statement of Karthi and the reactions he is receiving for the supporters of ruling government !!

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