[Economy Lecture] GS3: Environment Clearance, Green Law Panel Report, Go Areas, No Go Areas, Public Hearing, Linear Infrastructure

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India Yearbook
  1. Prologue
  2. L8/P1: Environment-Go No-Go areas, law & Polity
  3. L8/P2: Green law panel & Wildlife protection
  4. L8/P3: Environment Clearance- ELMA, NEMA, SEMA


  • On 5th May 2015, my session on environment part-1: National Environment issues-green law panel recommendations. As such environment not my subject but since Economy survey both volumes have chapters on it, I’m covering it.
  • Total about 1:15 hours, split into 5 parts.
  • PowerPoint of the lecture, available at mediafire.com/folder/2bb433i58hp2v/General_Studies_Mrunal
  • Medium of instruction- Hindi.
  • English version not possible for the moment, because I’m required to teach at this batch, in Hindi/Gujarati only. Besides, same content is available in English-text articles or English PPTs on the site.

L8/P1: Environment- Go No-Go areas, law & Polity

Environment Laws

  1. Tiger & Elephant Reserves, RAMSAR Wetland sites in India- a brief overview
  2. 4 Biodiversity hotspots in India
  3. Biosphere Reserves of India under UNESCO’s MAB program
  4. Natural World Heritage Sites under UNESCO
  5. Coastal & Marine Biodiversity Areas under AICHI Target
  6. Marine Protected Areas
  7. National Parks
  8. Wildlife Sanctuaries
  9. Conservation Reserves vs Community Reserves
  10. What are protected areas?
  11. What are Go & No Go areas? Jairam Ramesh vs. Green law panel
  12. Self study topics from NCERT and India yearbook.
  13. Environment related laws before and after independence- A Chronological overview
  14. environmental provisions in Constitution of India – at fundamental rights, duties, directive principles of state policy
  15. 7th Schedule: jurisdiction of union and state on environmental matter

Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/z1XGAbrp0eE

L8/P2: Green law panel- purpose, reforms in Wildlife protection Act

Green Law Panel

  1. Green Law panel: chairman TSR Subramanian, purpose of high level Committee to review environmental laws.
  2. Wildlife protection: 6 schedules, need for reforms, natural worship vs. animal cruelty, need for granting expert status to WII, eco sensitive zones

Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/iycRAb4nB40

L8/P3: Environment Clearance- ELMA, NEMA, SEMA, Public hearing, Linear infra. Projects

Environment Clearance

  1. Environment Clearance: why delays, Proposed environment laws management act (ELMA 2014)
  2. Proposed statutory bodies: National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), SEMA, UTEMA- their structure, functions and jurisdiction over category A and B projects.
  3. Fast tracking of public hearing and linear projects- why activists are angry?
  4. compensatory afforestation- need for reforms, environment reconstruction fund
  5. Pollution control: municipal waste, vehicle pollution, noise pollution
  6. Proposed new All India Environment services and reforms in higher education in environment sector.
  7. Mock question for mains: The principal aim of Environment regulation should be to balance Ecological & Economic needs of India. Critically examine the lacunas in present legal-Administrative framework & suggest remedies.
  8. Mock Essay for Mains: Nature is the source of all material things: the Maker, the means of making, and the things made. (Isha Upanishad)
  9. Mock Essay for Mains: “Environmental conservation is about negotiating the transition from past to future in such a way as to secure the transfer of maximum significance.” (Holland and Rawles, 1930)

Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/fQxuPQEtJhc

Visit youtube.com/user/TheMrunalPatel For more lectures on UPSC General Studies.

Mrunal recommends

  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books
  2. Environment by ShankarIAS
  3. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  4. Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania (Hindi | English)
  5. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  6. Bipin Chandra: Post Independence
  7. Fast-track to Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
  8. MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  9. Disha’s Topicwise Paperset (Hindi | English)
  10. School Atlas
  11. Mains: Language papers
  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books 4 History,Geo,Sci
  2. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  3. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  4. Maths: Quantam CAT Sarvesh Kumar
  5. Objective General English SP Bakshi
  6. Word Power made Easy -Norman Lowe
  7. Topic wise Solved Paperset by Disha

So far 18 Comments posted

  1. Sagar

    Thanks Mrunal Sir….

  2. bn

    sir, powerpoint ki jagah nofrmal study material type bhi post kar diya kariye jisse site se hi padh sake koi bhi..badi parshani hoti hai..

  3. ramendra

    please provide text articles formate which is easily accesible.
    thank u………….

  4. praveen_r

    Thanks Mrunal bhai.
    It would be really gr8, if you can add some gyan(a couple of mins) in your every lecture. You words are very important to us and they motivate and guide us.

  5. Anna

    Please notify me.

  6. tejas

    thanks sir……….

  7. Liakat Ali

    Mrunal sir you have done a very great work for aspirants who can’t attend coaching classes….. I am happy to see that u have included test series and topper notes…you r really amazing …superb…thanks a lot sir..this thanks is nothing in front of ur great hard work…thanks again sir


    Good work!

  9. aspirant

    will Someone please provide link for economic survey of mrunal sir… thank you

  10. Rohit Gupta

    sir, how many lectures left for economics?

  11. Rahul puri

    Sir may i know when you will upload the power point presentations of environment 3rd ,4th ,5th & 6th lecture also.

  12. deepak

    Hi mrunal,
    You have been a great help for us. Thanks for all your hard work and help to brighten our future.
    Iam writing you to request you that please (if u can) upload these YouTube lactures in pdf format also. I am living in an area where we hardly get 2G network (its very slow) and it is hard to watch the lecture on you tube.
    Thanks again for your help. 🙂

  13. Pihu

    Respected mrunal sir
    I am writing u to request u to upload ur economy lectures in PDF format as it is not accessible for me to download YouTube videos with 2G network . Please help
    Thank you

  14. mahesh

    hello sir,
    in videos you sais that click on the link for details…
    where is the link to click….pls clerify the doubt

  15. Shivakumar.r

    Sir please if possible upload ur English version economy lecture series for south indian aspirants…this is a request from South Indian IAS aspirants….thank u for ur wonderful efforts….

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