government is planning a change in the definition of forests to withdraw legal
cover for any man-made plantations or green zones notified after 1980, as part
of a new environmental regime aimed to improve ease of doing business in India.
The Centre is also looking to change the process of filing appeals with the
National Green Tribunal, India’s green watchdog that has been accused by the
environment ministry of exceeding its brief while deciding on environmental
approvals. Environment minister Prakash Javadekar told a news channel earlier
this week that there would be “a new green regime in 2015”, confirming
amendments to five key environmental laws will be introduced in the upcoming
budget session of Parliament that begins late February.