Jairam has said that his own attempts to discourage MPs from approaching him on behalf of companies with which they are closely associated have not been successful.
I am writing to bring to your notice serious conflict of interest issues as far as MPs are concerned, vis-a-vis the ministry of environment and forests.
The first category of MPs approach me on behalf of the companies they run or with which they are closely associated. This is a blatant violation of norms. I have tried to discourage this, Jairam has written.
A second category of MPs approach me pleading for projects or arguing against projects that are neither in their state nor in their constituency.
I find this also objectionable, especially when the same letter is signed by MPs from different states. A third category of MPs approach me for projects that are either in their state or constituency. I can understand this and I have no problem with such representations, he has said.
I would request you to please take note of the first two categories of MPs. Serious ethics issues are involved here.