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Plea in Supreme Court Challenges Gadgil, Kasturirangan Committee Reports, MoEF Draft Notification on Western Ghats

Lawstreet Journal 10 Nov 2020 9:01pm

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A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the 2018 draft notification of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change demarcating an area of 56,825 square kilometer spread across six states as the Western Ghats Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA).

The plea is filed by an NGO Karshaka Shabdam through advocate Suvidutt M S sought directions to the Centre and Kerala to not implement the recommendations of Western Ghats Ecologically Expert Panel (WGEEP), also called the Gadgil Committee, and of the High-Level Working Group, also called the Kasturirangan Committee.

The petitioner herein has locus standi to file the instant Writ Petition as it stands for the wellbeing of farmers including protection of their rights, enlightening government with regard to policies and actions harmful to farmers and also works for afforestation across the region.

The Kerala-based NGO also sought that the 2018 notification of the ministry be declared as unconstitutional as it violates the right to life and livelihood of farmers guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.

The Western Ghats, spread across Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, are recognized by UNESCO as one of the world's eight most important biodiversity pots.

In 2010, the ministry had constituted an expert panel (WGEEP) headed by Madhav Gadgil for strategizing and conserving the Ghats and to lay more emphasis on the sustainable aspects of the Ghats.

The panel submitted its report in the year 2011.

In the year 2013 following the criticism of the Gadgil Committee report from various quarters, a High-Level Working Group headed… Continue Reading...


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