Discrimination faced by Mumbaikars...
If the housing societies in Mumbai (Bombay) are only meant for families (married couples), then the government of Maharashtra should make marriage compulsory in the state/city.
Or else the government should tell its citizens where will Unmarried, Divorcees, Bachelors, Spinsters live in the city of skyscrapers or is Bombay only for those who have families.
This is one of the greatest mental blocks of Mumbaikars, who otherwise want to bask in the FALSE HALO of Cosmopolitanism.
This disease (of not giving apartments to Bachelors, Muslims, etc on rent) is specially prevalent in housing societies where the Gujaratis, Marathis and North Indians (to some extent) abound; while the rest of the population is more or less okay with the concept.
The government of Maharashtra should take this matter seriously and devise laws to eradicate this malice ASAP, so that BOMBAY (and its suburbs) becomes free of discrimination based on Marital Status, Religion, etc. Or else the Honourable Supreme Court of India should step in, and give directions to the state or central governments -- so that the fundamental rights of its citizens enshrined in the constitution of India is not violated.
Monday, December 01, 2014
Panel suggests speedy green approvals in mining, power sectors
[Editor: This is a very good news for the mining sector. Already, the mining stocks like Resurgere Mines and Minerals Ltd (Rs.1.52 up 2%) are up, while most others are either marginally down or flat]
New Delhi, Nov 30 (PTI) A high-level panel constituted by the government to review various environment laws has recommended speedy green approvals in mining and power sectors as it feels that these sectors play a key role in national development.
In its report, the four-member panel, headed by former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian, has recommended creation of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) at central level and State Environment Management Authority (SEMA) at the state level as full time processing, clearance and monitoring agencies.
“In view of the key role played by the power sector, as also mining of various minerals in national development, NEMA may have a suitable cell, with specialisation, to speedily deal with environmental approvals in these sectors, with due regard to environmental considerations,” says the report submitted to Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.
The panel has recommended identification and pre- specification of ‘no go’ forest areas, mainly comprising Protected Areas and forest cover over 70 per cent canopy.
“It should be made clear that no activity will be permitted which threatens the environment and biodiversity of these areas.
This will exclude such areas from expressions of interest by user agencies (UA) thus saving valuable time and litigation,” said the panel.
With 2.3 per cent of the world’s land area, India accounts for 7.8 per cent of recorded species, it said.
It noted that India has 668 protected areas, 15 biosphere reserves and 26 Ramsar Convention sites.
There are four biodiversity hotspots — the Western and Eastern Himalayas, northeast India, parts of the Western Ghats and Nicobar.
In addition there are other areas of rich biological diversity along parts of the coastline and elsewhere.
The committee viewed that areas which are rich in biodiversity must be strongly protected and activity allowed in these areas only when there is an overwhelming advantage in terms of economic development.
“It is the committee’s view that looking at the parameters indicated above a list of ‘no go’ areas, comprising ‘protected areas’, in addition to forest with over 70 per cent canopy, along with their geographical co-ordinates should be notified for public information,” it said.
The panel, however, said that where there are considerations of national interest and issues relating to safeguarding the territorial integrity of the country, activities should be permitted in such areas subject to the prior and specific approval of the union Cabinet.