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May 27, 2007
The Centrally Empowered Committee (CEC) has made many significant interventions where forests lands are concerned. It has gone against the wishes of the Ministry of Environment and Forests(MoEF) many times, and rejected proposals that would endanger India’s
already dwindling forest cover.
The term of CEC is unlikely to be renewed, sources say.
The proposed environment tribunal bill being set up is expected to be peopled with " yes men", to ensure that Environment Impact Studies go through speedily. To ensure that the concerns of environment and of people are addressed, activists may turn to public
Interest Litigation more than ever.
source" The Hindu", 23 March, 2007