The BJP government’s push for speedy clearances is raising major concerns. The Union minister of environment and forests Prakash Javadekar is facing considerable flak. In an interview with Lola Nayar before this Parliament session, the minister denies any pro-corporate bias at the cost of environment.
There is a growing perception that you are more pro-corporate sector?
It is a wrong perception. Basically, I am pro-nation. My slogan is ‘development without destruction’, which is zero effect, zero defect. We are all for sustainable development. Because you cannot stop the wheel of progress but at the same time you have to ensure that it has to be a sustainable development. My commitment for sustainable development is always clear.
I will give an example. At the outset, when I assumed charge of the ministry, I took a policy decision on defence projects which had been pending for long. We decided that if we want to protect nature we must protect the country and therefore...