Explained: Why govt proposes to redefine forests, and the concerns this raises 

Synopsis: Need of amendment to the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, the proposed amendments and various concerns associated with this amendments. Introduction  Recently, the Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) published proposed amendments to the Forest Conservation Act, 1980. It proposed easing diversion of forests and exempting certain categories of development from the need to take… Continue reading Explained: Why govt proposes to redefine forests, and the concerns this raises 

Government allows 100% FDI in telecom sector

What is the news?  The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has recently allowed 100 % FDI across all kinds of telecom services and infrastructure providers.  Earlier status of Telecom sector Earlier 100 % of FDI was allowed, of which 49 % of investment was permitted through automatic route.  About the recent… Continue reading Government allows 100% FDI in telecom sector

Govt proposes changes to Forest Conservation Act 

What is the news?  The Centre has proposed an amendment to the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, to liberalize forest laws. The ministry sent all states a copy of the proposed amendments on October 2, seeking their objections and suggestions within 15 days. Sources said a draft proposal will be drawn and placed before Parliament once… Continue reading Govt proposes changes to Forest Conservation Act 

Taproots to help restore India’s fading green cover 

Synopsis: Forest restoration activities and why they are important. Various challenges associated with forest restoration and solutions to deal with it.  Introduction  Forest covers nearly 30% land surface of the earth. They provide a wide variety of ecosystem services and support countless and diverse species around the globe. They also stabilise the climate, sequester carbon and regulate the water regime.   What is the… Continue reading Taproots to help restore India’s fading green cover 

Govt. moots changes to Forest Conservation Act 

What is the news?  The Union Government has proposed that agencies involved in national security projects and border infrastructure projects will not have to obtain prior forest clearance from the Centre as part of amendments to the existing Forest Conservation Act (FCA). The FCA, which first came in 1980 and was amended in 1988, requires such permission.  What is the draft amendment by the government?  First, to exempt land acquired before 1980 (before… Continue reading Govt. moots changes to Forest Conservation Act