Cabinet okays withdrawal of a bill on environment

New Delhi: The Union cabinet today decided to withdraw a bill on environment following the report of a committee which recommended that the legislation be brought afresh.

Sources said the Union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, decided to withdraw the Indian Forest Act (Amendment Bill), 2012 following the recommendations of the high-level government panel headed by former cabinet secretary
TSR Subramanian.

  Cabinet okays withdrawal of a bill on environment

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar. PTI

They said the bill may be brought to Parliament after incorporating relevant suggestions made by the panel.

The panel, after reviewing the existing green laws, had submitted its report to Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar last month.

Amendments to the 1927 legislation was moved by Jairam Ramesh during his tenure as Environment Minister in the UPA government. It was scruitinised by the standing committee after being presented in Parliament in March 2012.

The bill had lapsed after the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha.

PTI

Updated Date: Dec 05, 2014 21:16:01 IST