NEW DELHI: With the Supreme Court pulling up the Union Government for failing to take decisions on issues related to environment, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said that the off-the-cuff remarks made by the apex court sometimes hurt the government.
Speaking at the fourth Foundation Day celebrations of the National Green Tribunal, Javadekar said there was palpable sadness when the SC questioned the government on the issue of the Leader of Opposition post.
“Two days back, I heard that SC said that government is sleeping like Kumbhakarna. At times, off-the-cuff remarks come and sometimes it hurts unnecessarily,” he said. The minister said that three pillars of democracy -- Judiciary, Executive and Legislature-- should work in tandem to solve all problems.
Ticking off the Environment ministry for sleeping like ‘Kumbhakarna’, the Supreme Court two weeks back made it clear that it is not going to lift the stay for setting up of new hydroelectric power projects on Alaknanda and Bhagirath river basins in Uttarakhand unless the Centre comes out with a detailed environment and ecological impact report of each of the 24 ventures.
The court had also wanted to know why the ministry was not acting on its orders seeking a report on the expert committee.