Environment Current Affairs - 2019

Latest Environment Current Affairs 2019 for UPSC Exams, Bank Exams, Civil Services, SSC and other Competitive Exams. Latest developments in Environment and Climate Change 2019 all important national updates in Environment events for the year 2019.

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Justice Swatanter Kumar is new NGT chief

imageJustice Swatanter Kumar has become the first Supreme Court judge to  be the chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) which was, till now, functioning without a full-time chairperson. He will decide on cases pertaining to environmental protection, and conservation of forests and natural resources.

What is NGT?

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“National Investment Board” renamed as “Cabinet Committee on Investment”, also changes made in it’s powers

The Union Cabinet approved a renamed and modified version of the original proposal, creating a new Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) to fast-track decisions on infrastructure and manufacturing projects over Rs. 1,000 crore.

This was done primarily to address the Environment Ministry’s objections to a National Investment Board (NIB) which could assume some of its authority.

  • In the new version, CCI’s primary role will be to urge nodal ministries to fast-track clearances.

Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI)

  • It will be headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and include administrative Ministries as members.
  • It will set time limits for decisions on approvals and clearances and will then monitor the process to ensure that those deadlines are met.
  • It will be able to review cases which face delays, and facilitate the removal of hindrances in the process.
  • In the new version, CCI’s primary role will be to urge nodal ministries to fast-track clearances.

What were the objections with NIB?

  • The controversy was created when NIB was proposed to have powers to make possible interventions and even “take decision regarding specific approval/clearance for an unduly delayed project, if deemed necessary” on behalf of the concerned ministry in case of failure its failure in decision making in stipulated time frame.
  • The idea was strongly opposed by the Environment Ministry.

Month: Categories: Environment