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More than 18 months after it was first notified, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has finally made available the translation of its draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) in 22 languages.The move comes six weeks after the Centre had told the Delhi High Court that it will translate into 22 languages the draft EIA 2020 notification which had drawn heavy criticism with experts and activists alike terming it as an effort to dilute environmental governance.”Any person interested in making any objections or suggestions on the proposals contained in the translated versions of the draft notification, may forward the same in writing to the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, or send the same on the email on or before December 15, 2021,” the MoEF&CC said as it posted the translation of the draft EIA 2020 notification in 22 official languages on its website on October 12.It also gave the typical government disclaimer where in case of any discrepancy between the translated version of the draft notification and original draft notification, which was in English, it would be the latter that shall prevail.

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