PALAKKAD: Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar said that the government would frame laws in support of parading elephants during temple festival if such a move is necessary to preserve the centuries-old customs and practises.
He was speaking at a meeting organised by the BJP district unit at Surya Resmi Auditorium here on Tuesday in connection with the first anniversary celebrations of the NDA Government.
“It is intriguing why the Congress is silent on the issue,” the minister said adding that the Central Government will make its stand clear before the Supreme Court.
“The sentiments of the people towards religious and cultural festivals should be respected,” he said.
“At the same time, the government is of the opinion that the jumbos should be treated with proper care and cruelty in any form should be avoided,” the minister said.
Javedekar said that the protection of the environment was the prime priority for the Centre and sanction will not be accorded to the controversial Aranmula airport.
The minister said that the Government was for maintaining a balance between development and environment. He said that the views of the public will be taken into consideration while implementing the suggestions of any report.
“The proposals aimed at improving the facilities for the Sabarimala pilgrims at Pampa taken into account,” he said. “While the UPA Government was riddled with scams like the spectrum and coal deals, the Modi Government could ensure a corrupt-free government in the last one year,” Javadekar said.