MoEFCC launches online system for green nod
The Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) launched a “system for online submission of applications for environment clearance”.
It is expected that the new user-friendly system would bring transparency in the controversial issue of environmental clearance.
The system will enable the applicants as well as the clearance authorities to keep a tab on the entire process while complying with the timeline of various clearances\rejections. The ministry has plans to start a similar online system for ‘forest clearance’ in July 2014.
Under the new online system:
Stage-wise approval and compliance mechanism will be monitored to ensure security of information at the same time maintaining transparency in dealings between the ministry and the applicant.
There will be a maximum time limit for the entire approval process, with stage-wise timelines.
Efforts will be made to reduce the timelines for each stage.
Applicants will be able to monitor stage-wise process of their application.
After basic verification, a password will be generated in 4-5 days and the applicant can track the progress online.
The Centre would collaborate with states to make sure that the process at their end is completed on time so that the MoEF can grant an environmental nod within a maximum of 60 days.
Note: The nomenclature of the environment ministry has been changed from ‘Environment and Forest’ to ‘Environment, Forest and Climate Change’.