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Draft notification on Kasturirangan report likely to be delayed further

Draft notification on Kasturirangan report likely to be delayed further

Thiruvananthapuram: With the announcement of poll dates, the issuance of draft notification of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on the implementation of the report by High Level Working Group (HLWG) on Western Ghats under K. Kasturirangan is likely to be delayed further.

Kerala Chief Electoral Officer Nalini Nato has told reporters that the Election Commission’s permission is now required for issuing the draft notification on the Kasturirangan report as the election dates are announced.

“The Model Code of Conduct came into effect from the day the election dates were announced. So, the Election Commission’s permission is required to go with any decision that may influence the voters,” Nalini Nato said.

Sources said the Environment Ministry has not so far sent the files regarding the draft notification of the Kasturirangan report to the Law Ministry. A decision on it can only be taken after the Law Ministry’s approval.

Meanwhile, the crisis over the Kasturirangan report has deepened further in the UDF. Leaders of KC-M, the third largest partner in the ruling Congress led UDF in Kerala, will meet Friday to decide the next course of action after an Office memorandum was issued by the Centre on Kasturirangan report.

The meeting had been convened by KC-M supermo and Finance Minister K M Mani in response to a letter given by Government Chief Whip P C George, who has expressed his wish to resign the post as a protest against the 'injustice' done to farmers in hill areas.

A section of party members had expressed their dissatisfaction over the Office memorandum issued by the Centre on Kasturirangan report.

Talking to reporters, Mr. George Wednesday said the meet would take a collective decision on party's stance on the issue, which has become a major topic of debate for the coming polls.

"If I resign alone, it will be a breach of party discipline and so, I have asked party Chief Mani to call a meeting of top party leaders to take a decision on the collective approach to be taken by all MLAs of the party," he had said.

It is significant that KC-J leader P J Joseph, state Water Resources Minister stayed away from yesterday's Cabinet meeting apparently as a mark of protest against Centre's stance on the issue.

KC-M wanted Centre to issue a new notification delisting agriculture lands, human habitation places, plantations from the Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA).

The party also demands that 123 villages notified as ESA has also to be removed from the list.

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