'Ghats Report Nod After Addressing Kerala's Concern'
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reassured the State Government on Saturday that a final decision on the Kasturirangan panel recommendations for the protection of Western Ghats would be taken up only after addressing the apprehensions raised by the state.
He was responding to a memorandum of demands submitted by Kerala CM Oommen Chandy on behalf of the state at a special cabinet meet at the Raj Bhavan on Saturday. He took a lenient view on demands raised by the state in the 12-point memorandum.
The state has also sought an extension of six months for implementing the Direct Beneficiary Transfer scheme for LPG supplies in the state and raising the number of subsidised cylinders to 12 per annum. The PM assured that he will take up the matter with Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily. Chandy demanded that the powers granted to petroleum companies to fix prices of products should be scrapped.
The Gadgil report followed by recommendations of the Kasturirangan panel, has caused apprehension in the minds of the people, especially those living in the areas shown as Ecologically Sensitive Areas. ‘’An amendment stating the ESA areas notified would be modified on the basis of physical verification, to identify agricultural areas and delete it from ESA should be issued,’’the memorandum said.