Expert panel on Kasturirangan report to submit their findings soon
The Expert Committee set up by the Kerala government to look into the Kasthurirangan panel report on Western Ghats preservation would submit its report in two or three days, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said.
The Committee, headed by Oommen V Oommen, Chairman of State Biodiversity Board, was formed to formulate the state’s stand on panel report’s recommendations.
The committee was tasked with evolving a consensus among people and creating awareness at grass root level on the recommendations in the light of protests and agitation by settled farmers in high range areas of the state.
Chandy assured people living in the high ranges that government is committed to protect farmers’ interests. He said the state had clearly stated that demarcation of whole villages as Ecologically Sensitive Area was not acceptable to it.