Lobbying delays Wildlife Board formation
- The ‘National Board of Wildlife’ is meant to be the topmost body to make decision on different wildlife issues.
- Although the list has been cleared by PM’s office, people are still lobbying for inclusion in the board. Due to this hectic lobbying, the formation of this important body has stuck in the Environment Ministry.
- The board is headed by the Prime Minister and includes the nominated members and officials of Parliament. In addition, some selective non-government officials and institutions are also included in this board.
- The final list of members is yet to be confirmed by the PMO. It is a prestigious matter for conservationists and conservation NGOs to become members of the board.
- The board forms a standing committee, chaired by Environment Minister, to appraise all industrial projects and development coming inside the wildlife zones like national parks, tiger reserves and sanctuaries.
- Any industrial projects coming within 10-km zone of wildlife-rich areas will require legal clearances. Such projects will have to be reviewed by the standing committee, as mandated by the Supreme Court orders.
- National Wildlife Board
- Wildlife Protection Act