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The agenda for environment

The ministry of environment and forests got a new minister, Jairam Ramesh, who took charge just a few days before World Environment Day on June 5. Recognised for his penchant for infrastructure growth and the role of industry, it came as little surprise that most TV media channels on June 5 focused their debates on the prospects for India’s environment and forests under such a proponent of economic growth — especially when he was widely interpreted as having stated that the environment would not be an impediment to economic growth!

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