Plea in Supreme Court challenges Gadgil, Kasturirangan committee reports

9 nov 2020

Plea in Supreme Court challenges Gadgil, Kasturirangan committee reports

NGO Karshaka Shabdam has filed a plea through Advocate Suvidutt MS in the Supreme Court, challenging the constitutional validity of the October 2018 draft notification issued by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) which has demarcated an area of 56,825 square kilometres across Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu as Western Ghats Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA).
According to the plea, this notification violates Article 21 and also seeks directions to the State of Kerala to not implement the recommendations of the Gadgil Committee and the Kasturirangan Committee.
It seeks to implement the recommendations of the Oommen V Oommen Committee report which recommended change to the clauses of Environmentally Fragile Lands (EFL) in the Western Ghats and said that farmers should not be stopped from rearing hybrid varieties of milking animals and suggested a grace period of 10 years to shift to organic farming.
The plea states that the notification disrupts the right to livelihood and that the non-permissible activities may have affect the livelihood of people in these villages and may also lead to agriculture being banned.
The petition also states that neither the Gadgil nor the Kasturirangan (HLWG) committee carried out any research to demarcate the Ecological sensitive Areas.