Last month, the Uttarakhand government had framed a new definition of ‘deemed forests’ as a land patch of 10 hectare or above with 60 per cent canopy density and 75 per cent native plant species.
CPCB Member Secretary Prashant Gargava said stubble burning accounted for 44-45 per cent of air pollution in Delhi
The Union Environment Minister said that contribution of stubble burning in pollution has reduced.
One of the proposed amendments gave forest officials the power to use firearms to prevent ‘forest offence’.
The letter further adds that permission for any such activity cannot be granted by any officer of state forest departments under the rank of divisional forest officer.
Addressing a press conference here, the minister said the problem of stubble burning was old and steps have been taken to tackle it by the Modi government.
Tamil Nadu has wasted 177 TMC of Cauvery water in 30 years, says Karnataka justifying its project to build one more dam on Cauvery.
The ministry accorded environmental clearance to the neutrino project at Pottipuram village in Uthamapalayam taluk in Theni district promoted by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
PETA India said that two giant inflatable bulls will run beside PETA supporters in a "bloodless Jallikattu" to protest the government's reported intention to lift the ban on bullfights