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Kerala floods worse, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh criticizes non-implementation of ‘Gadgil Committee report’

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh

Kerala Floods Gadgil Panel Report: Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has blamed the non-implementation of ‘Western Ghats Ecology Expert Committee Report’ for the frequent incidents of devastating floods and landslides in the hilly regions of Kerala. This report was prepared by the eminent ecologist Madhav Gadgil on behalf of the committee in 2011. Ramesh tweeted this a day after the devastation caused by floods and landslides in the hilly areas of Kottayam and Idukki districts of Kerala.

He wrote, ‘Whenever any natural calamity strikes Kerala, Madhav Gadgil’s 2011 report of ‘Western Ghats Ecology Expert Committee’ is remembered. It has not been implemented even after a decade, especially despite the devastating floods in 2018 and 2020. The former Union Environment Minister pointed out that the relevant report continues to have relevance for the entire Western Ghats spread over six states, but sadly it cannot be done while the ecological destruction continues unabated.

report needs to be implemented

His statement comes after several social media users called for the implementation of the Gadgil Committee report on the recent floods to protect the ecology of the Western Ghats, one of the world’s largest biodiversity hotspots. . The Western Ghats Ecology Expert Committee headed by Ecologist Madhav Gadgil is also known as the Gadgil Commission (What is Gadgil Panel Report). It was an Environment Research Commission appointed by Ramesh in 2010, when he was the Union Environment Minister in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government led by Manmohan Singh.

The report was submitted to the government in 2011

The commission submitted its report to the government on August 31, 2011, in which it recommended to declare 64 per cent of the Western Ghats as an ecologically sensitive area. However, later in 2012, the ministry set up a working group on the Western Ghats under the leadership of Indian space scientist K Kasturirangan to examine the Gadgil Committee report. He said the Kasturirangan report had reduced the area from 64 per cent to 37 per cent and ruled out any role of democratically elected local bodies in protecting the hills.

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