Under the prevailing circumstances it is hard to predict that the chasm between the Ministries of Coal and Environment will be bridged during the forthcoming meeting of Group of Ministers (GoM), as previous three GoM meetings have failed to derive the desired results. Though there may be some substantial reasons behind the bickering between the two ministries, but is it not right to increase the differences to the extent that a GoM has to be formed to resolve the differences which continue to persist. The rigorous efforts required to pacify the situation indicate as if both ministries are being represented by two different nations. Therefore, giving preference to national interests, why is a solution not being sought in this context? The question also arises as to why not the Prime Minister himself interferes to resolve the issue? Is the Forests and Environment Ministry equipped with some supernatural power or it is a ministry in which the Prime Minister cannot interfere? He cannot ignore the fact that owing to the adamant attitude of the Environment Ministry, several projects of the Centre and state governments have been lying in abeyance for a long period. It is strange that despite claims to boost the growth rate, several obstacles are being created in the process of industrialization. 

It cannot be ignored that the Forests and Environment Ministry will have to remain alert on environment related issues, but is it unable to observe that due to its unwarranted interference coal production is hampered and several other problems are staring at it? If the coal production target is ignored due to conservation of forests, then what is the meaning of claims related to speeding up of development projects? Is the Forest Ministry unable to understand the simple fact that its rigid attitude can bring down the graph of financial development? The problem is not only that the Forests and Environment Ministry is ignoring the needs of Coal Ministry, but it has created obstacles in the projects of other ministries too. Ministry of Power and Ministry of Road transport and Highways are reeling under the stringent norms of Forest and Environment Ministry. In addition, due to the harsh attitude of Forests and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, several projects of state governments are hanging in the lurch. There is hardly any power project which has not been marred by the unwarranted interference of Forests and Environment Ministry. This sort of interference is unacceptable as the Central government is well aware that approving the objections raised by Forests and Environment Ministry will mean to overlook the country’s development. It appears that no efforts are being made to strike a balance between environment and development. Therefore, placing the country’s financial future at stake for the protection of environment holds no meaning. Why is the Forests and Environment Ministry unable to perceive that developed and developing nations are on a path of progress through a smooth and balanced coordination between environment and development? In the present scenario, several such technologies and solutions are available which can help in compensating small environmental losses.