All stories by Nitin Sethi
CAG audit of GST reveals systemic flaws, not just glitchesRediff.com28 Aug 2019
The CAG audit and other data suggests it could be far from the efficient new alternative that was once conceptualised. A conclusive review remains elusive till the government begins to release more granular and comparable data on the complex backend of GST to a deeper scrutiny, by researchers, auditors and the public.
'Climate change could push up cereal prices by 29%'Rediff.com16 Jul 2019
A report authored by UN's panel of scientists from across the world on climate change and sent to the governments of 197 countries has ominous news on the climate change front.
Reimagining environmental governance won't be easyRediff.com30 May 2019
Successive governments focused on altering the clearance processes but largely gave a pass to the second, and essential, element of environmental regulations for monitoring pollution levels and how industries followed conditions laid down for clearances.
Realty hits green hurdle as NDA's reforms end up in courtRediff.com16 May 2019
The ease with which city-level master plans are altered and land-use patterns changed without considering carrying capacities or the overall environmental footprint of urbanisation in different states has already created water and air pollution crises in several emerging and existing cities.
Caution: You are still being watched!Rediff.com24 Mar 2019
The government claims the existing safeguards under the law are adequate, lawful, towards a legitimate purpose and provide for a "proportionate interference" in citizens' right to privacy, reports Nitin Sethi.
Tribal eviction: 'SC order a setback for conservation in India'Rediff.com28 Feb 2019
Calling the Supreme Court order 'unjust' to the tribals as well as against the interest of wildlife conservation in India scientists have demanded cancellation of SC order
Tribal eviction: Even BJP-ruled states told to file petition against SC orderRediff.com26 Feb 2019
Party president Amit Shah tweeted that BJP-ruled states will soon be filing review petition against the SC order and care will be taken to safeguard the rights of the tribals and prevent eviction.
Will Rahul be able to help tribals facing eviction?Rediff.com25 Feb 2019
The Congress president has written to party chief ministers, asking them to file a review petition against an SC order regarding mass-scale evictions of tribals and other forest-dwellers.
Major setback for RamdevRediff.com28 Dec 2018
The judgment could impact not only Ramdev's widespread ayurveda and herbal products business, but also that of many other pharmaceutical, ayurveda, herbal and cosmetic product manufacturers.
Does TN govt's decision to permanently close Sterlite hold water?Rediff.com5 Jun 2018
When it closed close down the copper plant at Thoothukudi in 2013. Its orders were held illegal by the NGT on procedural grounds
Modi @ 4: How 'swachh' is our Bharat?Rediff.com30 May 2018
While household toilets are only one part of the large challenge for the government, having liquid and solid waste management facilities, along with water delivery across the entire country, is a trickier one.
Did NDA govt help Vedanta's Tuticorin factory?Rediff.com25 May 2018
The environment ministry till May 2014 (still under UPA) ordered that cases like Vedanta's expansion plans need to consult people. But in December 2014, the NDA government reversed this position and in March 2015 the environment ministry extended Vedanta's environmental clearance till December 2018. This it did even while the question of the need for public hearing by projects in different kinds of industrial parks was being contested in the courts. This allowed the company to carry out construction.
No govt deadline to implement long pending forest policyRediff.com3 Apr 2017
The fact that the government has no specific deadline to impose this policy was revealed through a response to an RTI application in February 2017.
Govt leniency to help projects without green clearanceRediff.com24 Mar 2017
Projects to pay for clean up if environmental damage is found
Pilot study in 3 UTs shows why cash in lieu of PDS won't workRediff.com3 Feb 2017
The research found that 50% of the people were receiving either nothing or less cash than they were entitled in lieu of the subsidised grains that were stopped under the pilots starting from September 2015 till May 2016.
Changes in tribal rights and green rules 'save' 130 minesRediff.com18 Jan 2017
The changes were made to several regulations in a coordinated manner by the environment ministry, the tribal affairs ministry and the mines ministry over a year.
When Bill Gates did a U-turn on demonetisationRediff.com18 Nov 2016
We are certainly for digitisation. I do not have opinion about demonetisation. I still don't, says Bill Gates.
Govt curtailed work under MGNREGA through WhatsApp chatsRediff.com26 Oct 2016
Instructions from the Union rural development ministry to the state officials on the WhatsApp group show that the chat was also used as an off-record avenue for the Union government to pass instructions, which it could not have done through formal channels, keeping the law in mind.
How Centre's WhatsApp messages crashed MGNREGARediff.com26 Oct 2016
Centre's off-the-record instructions through WhatsApp and a squeeze on funds brought the rural work programme to collapse after a roaring first half of the year.
Despite India's objection, Pak's climate change project gets approval at GCFRediff.com15 Oct 2016
India tried to block the project at the fund's board meeting in South Korea, but later agreed to approve it with new condition, reports Nitin Sethi.
This river linking project may cut India's tiger habitatsRediff.com21 Sep 2016
100 square kilometre of Panna Tiger Reserve could go under water, writes Nitin Sethi.
Why Lamka won't bury its deadRediff.com12 Sep 2016
The church bells don't toll in Churachandpur any more. The hill district in Manipur has been in mourning for more than a year.
Draft promises changes in forest and wildlife laws but nothing official about it, yetRediff.com19 Aug 2016
The proposed changes, as per the draft, could continue some of the existing conflict between wildlife protection regulations with the implementation of Forest Rights Act, 2006, which gives rights to tribals in all kinds of traditional forest lands -- including the wildlife zones, such as national parks. The new proposed law, just as the original one from 1972, does not explicitly recognise these rights in all wildlife areas.
Congress flips again, will oppose forest Bill in RSRediff.com24 Jul 2016
CAF Bill's fate to be decided on Monday
Real estate could be exempted from central environmental rulesRediff.com13 Jul 2016
Urban ministry changes rule before public consultation by environment ministry
Forget Rs 200 crore, Adanis can only be fined Rs 1 lakh nowRediff.com7 Jul 2016
In its final order, the environment ministry had concluded that the upfront payment of Rs 200 crore as Environment Restoration Fund for violations and damage done was not permitted under the Environment Protection Act. Consequent to this order, the penalty that could be imposed on any confirmation of violation in the future is a maximum of Rs 1 lakh.
Prakash Javadekar can walk the tightropeRediff.com6 Jul 2016
Prakash Javadekar set a scorching pace of changes in the environment ministry during his two-year tenure. He has the talent to calm ruffled feathers in the education sector, while proceeding with the government's agenda in this space.
Govt cancels Rs 200-crore green fine on AdaniRediff.com2 Jul 2016
Adani Ports & SEZ was ordered to pay for damage to environment during the UPA govt
Brexit could mar Paris Agreement successRediff.com26 Jun 2016
EU operates as one block at the climate change negotiations and takes a single greenhouse gas emission reduction target under the Paris Agreement
How dangerous is plastic packaging?Rediff.com7 Jun 2016
After recognising its adverse health effects, the govt has now dismissed its own lab reports to conclude that the evidence against plastic is insufficient.
BJP vs civil society: Who won the battle?Rediff.com26 May 2016
When it came to dealing with the media and academia, it has been a roller coaster ride for the National Democratic Alliance, observes Nitin Sethi.
Duty-free shops outside food safety ambit: FSSAIRediff.com11 May 2016
Business of retail, food and beverages at duty-free shops in India was estimated to have a potential of $3.5 billion by 2021.
Why it's a wild summer in UttarakhandRediff.com4 May 2016
The reasons behind a spate of forest fires in the hills this year, though, could be multi-fold.
Big concerns about the Aadhaar cardRediff.com1 Apr 2016
The idea that every citizen in this country is to be numbered is the primary thing in the project.
'Aadhar Act has very good privacy provisions'Rediff.com23 Mar 2016
'We have to go through the process of obtaining informed consent.'
Why is the government reacting in fits and starts to Paris agreementRediff.com16 Mar 2016
The Niti Aayog has finalised the first draft of a new national energy policy.
Green Tribunal: When needed to bite, it growledRediff.com11 Mar 2016
The green tribunal has diminished itself in growling when it needed to bite at the Art of Living show
How two ministers made tribals lose control over forestsRediff.com7 Jan 2016
Nitin Gadkari and Prakash Javdekar lobbied Jual Oram to change process, that may now open a Pandora's box.
When a typo saved Climate Change summit from the brink of collapseRediff.com14 Dec 2015
And the US won the evening