Not in favour of diluting statutory norms: CII
In a statement issued, CII has clarified that CII stands for sustainability as much as it stands for supporting well planned and executed industrial development policy. CII’s own centre on sustainability is a testament of CII’s commitment to issues of the environment and sustainability, the statement said.
CII has clarified through the statement that while the Confederation has often called for a greater degree of streamlining and rationalising of approval and clearance processes, none of these recommendations are aimed at diluting environmental standards. CII strongly believes that the development path pursued by the country needs to be sustainable and transparent and cannot be at the cost of irreversible changes to our country’s ecological integrity.
In its recommendations to the Expert Group CII has suggested, inter alia, that there is need for a well run public hearing process which provides a clear and transparent mechanism and makes the approval and clearance process more robust. However, CII has stressed that it is essential to ensure that timelines are respected in letter and are in spirit of the documented processes.
Alluding to the Expert Group on Statutory Clearances for Industrial & Infrastructure Projects, the statement has said that CII was represented by Ravi Singh in his individual capacity. The views / suggestions presented by him were entirely on behalf of CII and are not necessarily reflective of the views of WWF. CII has also clarified that a number of it’s suggestions relating to inclusiveness, transparency and sustainability were not incorporated in the final report.