Trigger-happy environment ministry forced to come clean
Trigger-happy environment ministry forced to come clean
A vaguely worded memo announced the scrapping of corporate environment responsibility guidelines last September. The confusion it created left the environment ministry with no option but to issue a clarification.
16 March 2021
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On 1 March, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi got himself vaccinated against COVID-19 and, in the process, kicked off the second phase of the vaccination drive for senior citizens and those with comorbidities, the environment ministry quietly uploaded a document on its website to clear up the confusion caused by its sudden about-turn on the corporate environment responsibility, or CER, guidelines among businesses in the real estate sector and one of its own expert groups, according to a review of official documents accessed by The Morning Context. 

First issued in May 2018, the CER guidelines required companies to spend between 0.25% and 2% of their capital investment in projects towards activities aimed at mitigating adverse impacts caused by them on people and the environment in their immediate vicinity. The exact quantum of expenditure depended upon the

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