Friday, 8 July 2016
Anil Madhav Dave: New environment minister has a tough task ahead
New Delhi: There could not have been a better birthday gift for new environment minister Anil Madhav Dave, who got the portfolio on the eve of his 60th birthday on Tuesday. It’s also a fitting gift: Dave, an expert in river conservation, is known as an environmentalist and cycles to work. Afterassuming charge on Wednesday, Dave said that he would take forward the work done by his predecessor Prakash Javadekar and would maintain a balance between development and environment—echoing a line that was often used by Javadekar. Striking that balance will be crucial—Dave’s appointment as minister of state (independent charge) for environment, forest and climate change comes at a time when the government is under increasing fire for allegedly diluting environmental laws.Dave is a third-time Rajya Sabha member of Parliament from Madhya Pradesh.