"We want to bring development along with environment protection. I think without the protection of environment, development is not possible and without development, it is not possible to protect environment. My slogan is development without destruction," Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
    
He said Narendra Modi-led government was committed for bringing transparency which is why his ministry had started the process of online submission of application for forest clearances.

“From August this year, forest clearances will also be done online,” he said.

Javadekar said that process of giving four different clearances such as environment, forest; wildlife and tribal can be done simultaneously which will save a lot of time.

Quoting the Prime Minister's speech in Lok Sabha, Javadekar said the BJP does not say that earlier governments have not done anything but Modi-led government's fight is about how much and in what way the work should have been done.

"Good times will come both for environment and people. There was important thing which Narendra Modi said in Lok Sabha. We do not say that earlier governments have done nothing. Our fight is about how much and in what way it should have been done," Javadekar said.

Blaming the states for delay in environmental clearances during UPA regime, former union minister Manish Tewari, who was also in the panel, said that it is the responsibility of the Environment Ministry and its minister to ensure that Environment Protection Act is operational while Finance Ministry should ensure a smooth running of the economy.

(Agencies)

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