River interlinking:Did Uma Bharti mislead LS?

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 04:03 AM IST
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New Delhi : A sensational case of Cabinet Minister Uma Bharti misleading Parliament has come to light.

Uma Bharti claimed that Ken-Betwa river interlinking project had been cleared by all the all relevant ministries. The truth is that the project has not yet received any official environmental clearance from the Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change (MoEFCC).

The MoEF&CC said on Monday that the mandatory environment clearance had not been granted for the project as of now. “In the absence of such a clearance the river linking project may not go ahead, as informed by the minister to the Lok Sabha on 3rd August”, a senior official said.

Uma Bharti, seen in the political circles to have largely failed in doing justice to her Ganga rejuvenation ministry, would face serious charges of privilege if found to have misled the House, said a Lok Sabha official.

During the Question Hour in the LS earlier this month, Bharti  replied on Ganga river rejuvenation and silt removal in Bihar and suddenly announced, “Thanks to Modiji’s efforts, the Ken-Betwa project’s preparations had been completed and it was ready to take off any time now”.

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