CAG report points to discrepancies in environmental clearances

A recent report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on ‘Environmental clearance and post clearance monitoring’ states that “the existing processes for grant of environmental clearance suffered from various procedural deficiencies. This performance audit report (report no 39 of 2016 for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) looked at whether…

Phad irrigation systems help mitigate risk of crop failure in drought prone Vidarbha

Communities have across diverse ecological and sociopolitical contexts devised myriad ways over time to harvest and manage water in order to sustain their lives and practice agriculture. Many of these systems (1) continue to function and are often more sustainable, cost-effective and successfully managed by local institutions. Phads are one such community-based and managed diversion irrigation management system…

The legal trajectory of land acquisition in India

Equitable and efficient acquisition of land by the state for economic development projects, including infrastructure and industry, is a huge challenge if it has to be socially inclusive, ecologically sustainable, politically feasible, and in accordance with the rule of law. The Centre for Policy Research (CPR), a leading public policy think tank in India has…