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High level MoEF committee to visit Odisha Thursday, to interact with state govt, civil society

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sept 10:

A high level committee(HLC) , constituted by the Union ministry of Environment,Forests & Climate Change will visit Odisha from September 11 to 13 to review progress of implementation of important Acts in the state and interact with the NGOs, activists and civil society on such issues, a PIB press release said here today.

The Committee has the mandate to undertake a similar exercise in all major states in the country to take stock of the implementation of the five major statutes -Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.

The Committee, headed by the former cabinet secretary, Govt of India T.S.R.Subramanian, has former secretary, Govt of India Viswanath Anand, Justice(Retd) A.K.Srivastav and former Addl Solicitor General K.N.Bhat as members.

The Committee is expected to complete the assignment within a period of two months.

The Committee proposes to interact with state government and non-govt organizations,Central government departments and other line departments as well as civil society members.

The terms of references of the Committee include assessment of the status of implementation of the aforesaid Acts vis-à-vis their objectives; consideration of various court orders relating to these Acts and to recommend specific amendments required to align them to meet the objectives in the current period.

Interested persons, representatives of various organizations/institutions desirous to meet the Committee to handover a memorandum or direct interaction, may kindly send the request to the mail address – [email protected]

The HLC will hold two meetings, one with the officers of the state government on September 12 from 4pm to 5pm and the other with the NGOs and prominent persons from the civil society on the same day from 5pm to 6pm, the PIB release said.

Both the meetings will be held at the State Guest house, Bhubaneswar, the release added.