National Environmental Policy, 2006

Written By:- Nishtha Anand (Amity Law School)



The National Environment Policy, 2006 is the result of broad discussions with specialists in various orders, Central Ministries, Members of Parliament, State Governments, Industry Associations, Academic and Research Institutions, Civil Society, NGOs, and the Public. The National Environment Policy tries to expand the inclusion, and fill in holes that actually exist, considering present information and gathered insight. It doesn’t dislodge but builds on the earlier policies.

The “Environment” involves all substances, natural or manmade, outside to oneself, and their interrelationships, which offer some benefit, presently or maybe later on, to mankind. Environmental concerns identify with their debasement through the activities of people.

The Articles are described as follows:

  • 48A. Protection and improvement of environment and safeguarding of forests and wildlife– The State shall endeavour to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forests and wildlife of the country.
  • 51A. Fundamental duties– It shall be the duty of every citizen of India-
    • To abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem;
    • To cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom;
    • To  uphold  and  protect the sovereignty, unity, and integrity  of India;
    • To defend the country and render national service when called upon to do so;
    • To promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic, and regional or sectional diversities; to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women;
    • To value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture;
    • To protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers, and wildlife, and to have compassion for living creatures;
    • To develop the scientific temper, humanism, and the spirit of inquiry and reform;
    • To safeguard public property and to abjure violence; to strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity so that the nation constantly rises to higher levels of endeavour and achievement.

The National Environmental Policy (NEP) was drafted under the commitment forced by Article 48 A and Article 51 A. These Articles of the Constitution of India require a public obligation to accommodate a perfect climate.

The NEP was drafted remembering all the weaknesses that were a piece of the past public natural approaches, particularly the draft NEP, and 2004. The errand of drafting the Draft NEP, 2004 was allotted to TERI, once in the past known as the Tata Energy Research Institute, renamed as The Energy and Resources Institute.

In any case, this draft was an exceptionally disputable archive, the explanation being that it was liked by MoEF over the draft report of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), which was considered significantly sooner than the NEP.

The principle issue was that despite the fact that the cycle for drafting the NEP was a new-born child when contrasted with the way toward drafting the NBSAP, the service was quick to make the NBSAP on top of the NEP. The other issue was that it was exceptionally felt by the people associated with the interaction of NBSAP that the cycle of NEP was left well enough alone and was not in any way straightforward, in contrast to the cycle of NBSAP.

National Environmental Policy, 2006

The NEP recognizes all the past bombed arrangements just as endeavors to look for an answer for the issues that emerge inadequately securing and improving the climate. The NEP, 2006 is the result of broad interviews with specialists in various controls, Central Ministries, Members of Parliament, State Governments, Industry Associations, Academic and Research Institutions, Civil Society, NGOs and the Public. While drafting the NEP the prior drafts of this were likewise considered.

Already, a draft NEP was drafted in the year 2004 which was unveiled accessible for their sources of info and remarks. The draft was posted on the MoEF site after which, suggestions and criticism from the overall population were called for. The NEP, 2006 was drafted remembering all such past endeavors.

Objectives of NEP

The goal of figuring the NEP has been to draft a general approach that incorporates arrangements of every single past enactment, regardless of whether it at the expense of copying the past endeavors. A different creating society, for example, our own gives various difficulties in the financial, social, political, social and ecological fields. These blend in the prevailing basic of mitigation of mass neediness, figured in the various elements of occupation security, medical services, instruction, strengthening of the impeded, and end of sexual orientation differences.

The prior public approaches for ecological administration are contained in the National Forest Policy, 1988, National Conservation Strategy and Policy Statement on Environment and Development, 1992, The Policy Statement on Abatement of Pollution, 1992, and so forth Some area arrangements, for example, the National Agriculture Policy, 2000, National Population Policy, 2000 and National Water Policy, 2002 have likewise contributed towards ecological administration. All of these approaches have perceived the require for supportable improvement in their particular settings and figured essential systems to offer impact to such acknowledgment. In any case, the NEP is a more broad and complete strategy covering a more broad arrangement covering the natural issues on the loose. The National Environment Policy looks to broaden the inclusion and fill in holes that actually exist, considering present information and amassed insight. It doesn’t dislodge, however, expands on the previous approaches.

The NEP proposes financial effectiveness rule in ecological protection. It weights on the polluter pays guideline just as money-saving advantage streamlining. These ideas are imperative to tackle natural issues adequately. It likewise discusses managing earth harming conduct based on common suits, rather than the current dependence on criminal suits. Civil cases are adaptable, with sanctions altered depending upon the situation. The weight of evidence is diminished, and the cases managed generally expediently. The approach further clarifies the disappointment of ordering and-control instruments utilized for ecological consistency and authorization and proposes market-put together instruments depending on respect to value motivating forces. This is an extremely reassuring advance. Nonetheless, it should be investigated further.

The National Environment Policy (NEP) is planned to manage the Government in achieving administrative changes, execution of projects, and undertakings for ecological protection, other than checking on and ordering enactment. The predominant subject of the strategy is to guarantee that the work of individuals reliant on wood items is gotten from protection than from debasement of the assets. It centres around the preservation of basic natural assets, business security for poor people, joining of ecological worries in financial and social turn of events, and sensible utilization of the assets. To accomplish an economical turn of events, natural insurance will establish a fundamental piece of the advancement cycle and can’t be considered in confinement from it.

Ecological Impact Assessment keeps on being the central procedure for examination and survey of new ventures. Under the new plan, there will be critical devolution of forces to the State/Union Territory level.

It likewise tries to return to the Coastal Regulation Zone warnings to make the way to deal with waterfront natural guidelines more all-encompassing and, in this manner, guarantee security to seaside biological frameworks, waters, and the weakness of some beachfront regions to outrageous normal occasions and expected ocean level ascent.

The contribution of Panchayati Raj Institutions and metropolitan neighborhood bodies has been featured in the NEP that will incorporate limit advancement activities. A large­ scale practice has been finished for giving contributions towards a public biodiversity methodology and activity plan.


The NEP 2006 isn’t liberated from its deficiencies. Pundits have reprimanded the arrangement expressing that it misses the mark in conveying the rationale forward as it’s continually looking for arrangements. Its proposals are a conflicting combination of the new and old thoughts, without the clearness and consistency important to address the difficult issues in our common asset the executives.

The result of any strategy relies upon the institutional design inside which the arrangement works. Establishments and the motivators and disincentives they produce are exclusively liable for the achievement or disappointment of an approach. Choices are ideal when chiefs bear the full expenses just as the advantages of their choices. The key issue in ecological administration is that the expenses and advantages are carried by and large by various Parties.

Subsequently, possession or stewardship of characteristic assets by the networks that are influenced straightforwardly by these assets makes a system that can resolve the apparent clash among people and the environment. In any case, regardless of all inadequacies, the NEP 2006 is unquestionably on the correct way with its accentuation on the ‘insightful use’ approach rather than the western methodology of wild. Its general objective is to discover approaches to deal with the climate so people can coincide and flourish with it and not against it – the privilege to financial development and social turn of events.


Every now and then different enactment identifying with the security of climate from explicit sorts of contamination have been passed by the Indian assembly. Be that as it may, the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 is the most complete Act on the Indian resolution book identifying with climate security. It is an overall enactment for the insurance of climate. It was established under Article 253 of the Constitution.

The Environment (Protection) Act was authorized in 1986 with the goal of accommodating the security and improvement of the climate. It engages the Central Government to set up specialists [under Section 3(3)] accused of the command of forestalling natural contamination in the entirety of its structures and to handle explicit ecological issues that are particular to various pieces of the country. The Act was last altered in 1991.

A very wide force has been presented under Section 3(3) of the EPA, on the Central Government to establish any “authority” to practice controls and perform capacities Mentioned in the Act. The Central Government under this part can execute the proposal of the SC for the foundation of “climate courts” which alone ought to be engaged to manage all the issues, common and criminal identifying with climate.

The SC in different cases has guided the Central Government to comprise “authority” under Section 3(3) of the EPA. In Vellore Citizens’ Welfare Forum v. Association of India, the SC noticed: “The principle motivation behind the EPA is to take a position or specialists under Section 3(3) of the Act with satisfactory ability to control contamination and secure the climate. It is feeling sorry for that till date no authority has been established by the Central Government.”

Subsequently, the Court guided the Central Government to comprise a position and present on this position all the forces important to manage the circumstance made by tanneries and other contaminating businesses in the State of Tamil Nadu.

The Central Government in like manner comprised the “Deficiency of Ecology (Prevention and Payment of Compensation) Authority” for the State of Tamil Nadu which was additionally met with the ability to execute the “polluter pays rule”.

While clarifying the extent of Sections 3, 4, and 5 of the EPA, the Bombay HC in Sneha Mandal Co-operation Housing Society Ltd. v. Association of India, seen that Sections 3, 4, and 5 of the EPA approve the Central Government entire forces to make all strides and measures as it considers significant or practical for the reasons for securing and improving the nature of climate and for the motivations behind forestalling, controlling and subsiding ecological contamination. Segment 5 gives explicit forces to the Central Government for giving headings recorded as a hard copy from time to time to any individual, official, or some other expert regarding the Act which such individual will undoubtedly consent to.

Notwithstanding, the Central Government while giving the notices needs to adjust different interests including monetary, natural, social, and social. While financial improvement ought not to be permitted to occur at the expense of biology or by causing inescapable ecological obliteration and infringement, simultaneously, the need to protect nature and the climate ought not to hamper monetary and another turn of events. Both turns of events and the climate should go inseparably. As such, there ought not to be an improvement at the expense of the climate and the other way around.

In M.C. Mehta v. UOI, it was brought to the notification of the court that the Ministry of Environment and Forests, GOI under Section 3(3) of the EPA has comprised the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority for National Capital Region. The court saw that the progression taken by the public authority is suitable and ideal and the above power will manage whole matters identifying with natural contamination in the National Capital Territory Region. It was additionally brought up that aside from the Chairman, Central Pollution Board being an ex­ officio individual from the power, the leftover individuals would be in the Committee not simply by temperance of their office but since of the individual capabilities because of which they were remembered for the advisory group.

In S. Jagannath v. UOI, the SC guided the Central Government to establish an “authority” under Section 3(3) of the EPA and present all forces important to ensure the environmentally delicate seaside region, coastline, waterfront, and other beachfront regions particularly to manage the circumstance made by shrimp culture industry in those territories.

In M.C. Mehta v. UOI, the SC held that the bearings given by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority comprised under Section 3 of the EPA are conclusive and official on all people and associations concerned and they will undoubtedly follow the equivalent.

The item and motivation behind the Act is “to accommodate the insurance and improvement of climate”, which must be accomplished by guaranteeing severe consistency with its headings. Along these lines, the bearings or conditions set forward by the Act need to be carefully consented to.

The Central Government has added the ability to make rules to manage climate contamination. The public authority in the exercise of this force has just instituted “The Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986 which likewise happened on November 19, 1986.

All in all, climate contamination is affecting individuals as well as whole nations everywhere in the world. The mindfulness towards improving the nature of climate has expanded considerably and all endeavors are being made at various levels to limit ecological contamination and subsequently help in improving personal satisfaction.

The board of climate implies the legitimate usage, protection, conservation, control, and reusing of the assets for keeping decent biological systems. The fundamental focal point of climate the executives is, in this way, to dodge the over-use, abuse, and maltreatment of the common assets.

The powerful natural administration is the ideal assignment of limited assets among the different potential uses and it must be founded on a logical and mechanical methodology which takes full note of financial boundaries and impulses.

Natural administration is an interdisciplinary way to deal with asset protection and it goes about as an administrative power on human wantonness in asset squandering.

In India, the Twelfth Five Year Plan has underscored the requirement for sound ecological administration which incorporates natural arranging, insurance, observing, appraisal, exploration, training, and protection as major directing components for the public turn of events. Ecological contamination is an overall marvel; subsequently, there is a need to have a co-ordinated managerial design from the global level to the public level so the natural issues might be handled in a co-ordinated and co-usable manner.

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