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7) It is often pointed out by environmentalists and other social activists that while improving the ease of business is highly desirable, it cannot be the sole criterion for recasting the legal and regulatory regime governing the environment and forest sectors. In the light of government’s recent move to bring a single statute by unifying forest and environmental laws to ensure smooth development, critically comment what should be government’s priority – to ensure ease of doing business or protecting environment and biodiversity? And explain why.

Topic: Indian economy – development; environment protection

7) It is often pointed out by environmentalists and other social activists that while improving the ease of business is highly desirable, it cannot be the sole criterion for recasting the legal and regulatory regime governing the environment and forest sectors. In the light of government’s recent move to bring a single statute by unifying forest and environmental laws to ensure smooth development, critically comment what should be government’s priority – to ensure ease of doing business or protecting environment and biodiversity? And explain why. (200 Words)

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