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, 2015
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Legal cover to post-1980 plantations may soon go

Source: Hindustan Times, Date: , 2015

The 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.

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