I am considered as 'Ravana' to development projects: Jairam

I am considered as 'Ravana' to development projects: Jairam

"I am being considered as Ravana to the development projects," Ramesh told the NGOs at the sixth public consultation organised about the Green Mission at Indian Forest Management Institute here.

Without naming anyone, the Minister said that he was being considered as a person putting hassles to development projects. "Our department is being shown as the enemy of development which was not the case," he said.

"The biggest challenge for us is to strike a balance between environment and development," he said.

The Minister said that he was winning praises from the NGOs and other people in regard to environment protection but was at the receiving ends from others, whom he did not name.
"I get garlands from you all but chappals from others," he told the gathering.

He said that deforestation can't be stopped completely in the country but there was a room to put a check on it.

"Of course, development is essential and the work of the government nowadays is gauged by the people," he said.