Letter from industrialist prompts minister to scrap environment policy

Corporate environment responsibility guidelines for companies are suddenly dumped by the environment ministry months after it stoutly defended them in the Delhi HC.

More than five months after the environment ministry strongly defended its corporate environment responsibility, or CER, guidelines in the Delhi High Court, environment minister Prakash Javadekar asked his officials to scrap them following a letter from Rajju Shroff, the founder of United Phosphorus Ltd, or UPL, according to official documents accessed by The Morning Context. 

Published in May 2018, the CER guidelines mandated companies to spend between 0.25% and 2% of their projects’ capital investment towards activities that could mitigate adverse impacts on people and the environment in their immediate surroundings. The exact percentage of investment to be spent as …


Akshay Deshmane

Akshay is an investigative reporter and former writer at The Morning Context. Based in Delhi, he writes about the environment, public policy and economy from the lens of the pulls and pressures of an ambitious democracy. Akshay uses the right to information extensively for reporting stories of vital public interest. Over the past decade and more, he has worked for HuffPost India, Frontline, The Economic Times, Down To Earth and DNA.