We are shocked by the decision taken by MoEF minister Jairam Ramesh on the POSCO plant in Odisha. Please find attached the decision that came today. Some of the people who had been thinking Mr. Ramesh a champion of Environment and that of MoEF would find it surprising that he has in fact issued a death certificate for his own ministry by the way he has given clearance to the POSCO plants.
This is a clear cut indication of the Ministry being sold out to Foreign Direct Investment and can be said that this decision challenges the very existence of the Ministry of Environment and Forests itself. No balancing act between environment and development this; rather its a complete sale of natural resources to be destroyed by unsustainable
The additional conditions that Mr. Ramesh has put are merely eye wash. Further, the way it vests all the monitoring to be done by the state government and the other regulatory agencies (the ones who have pathetically failed to regulate and monitor pollution in this state) is a clear cut indication of the eye wash. There is no condition laid out for the company and state government to return the land to the displaced people and environmental condition to the 'previous stage' if the conditions are not met by the government.