Rating of SEIAAs: A Welcome Policy Step

Government of India has recently release methodology for rating of State Level Environment Assessment Authority (SEIAAs). This is a welcome step. Similar policy steps are needed to make India a sustainable and self-reliant country.

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Methodology for rating of SEIAAs; similar policy steps are suggested to make India a sustainable and self-reliant country

Several attempts have been taken by the Ministry to streamline the environmental clearance (EC) process and minimize the time it takes to award approvals. Through the PARIVESH portal, the full EC procedure has been put online. As a result of these activities, the average time needed to award an EC has decreased significantly, from 105 days to about 75 days, as opposed to the 105 days stipulated in the EIA Notification 2006.

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Furthermore, at the meeting convened by the Cabinet Secretary on 13.11.2021 to examine the action done on “Ease of Doing Business,” one of the topics discussed was the ranking of States based on the time needed to issue clearances.

It was decided to use a star-rating system to incentivize states based on their efficiency and punctuality in granting EC. This is meant to serve as a kind of praise and encouragement, as well as a cue to make adjustments when necessary.

Following much deliberation, it was determined to use the following criteria and methodology for star rating the SEIAAs in order to promote openness, efficiency, and accountability.

SEIAA Rating

An SEIAA’s rating will be a dynamic process based on performance over the previous six months. Data for a six-month period will be examined, beginning on the first day and ending on the final day of the period. Every month at the end of the month, this will be updated. Because the site has been improved to collect action done on ToR/EC applications, the aforementioned rating criteria will be applied online through PARIVESH. The appropriate authorities have given their permission to do this.

The recent OM of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change regarding ‘Criteria/Methodology for Rating of SEIAAs’is a welcome step towards facilitating industries and environment go hand in hand. This will help in expeditious decision making for approval/rejection of projects for the issue of Environment Clearance in absence of which the projects have been kept in abeyance for long causing loss to Environment & Economy/Industries. More of such initiatives should be taken by Ministry for making India Self Reliant.

Way forward

  • This is the right step towards sustainable development. And this has been done to expedite the disposal of cases either in terms of approval or rejection
  • similar policy steps are suggested to make India a sustainable and self-reliant country
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Government of India has recently release methodology for rating of State Level Environment Assessment Authority (SEIAAs). This is a welcome step. Similar policy steps are needed to make India a sustainable and self-reliant country.
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