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Working group to assess report of Western Ghats panel

arpana udupa
Bangalore, India

Aug 21, 2012 — A working group headed by Planning Commission member K. Kasturirangan will assess the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) report and submit an action plan for its “effective implementation” to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). MoEF has asked the group to evaluate the report in a “holistic and multidisciplinary fashion in the light of the comments” received from various stakeholders, including State governments and Central Ministries. The group has C.R. Babu, former Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi; J.M. Mauskar, former Special Secretary, MoEF; Kanchan Chopra, former director, Institute of Economic Growth; Jagdish Kishwan, Additional Director-General of Forests (Wildlife), MoEF; Darshan Shankar, Chairman, Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Bangalore; Sunita Narain, DG, Centre for Science and Environment; and P.S. Roy, Director, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun, as it as its members. Indrani Chandrasekhran will be a special invitee.