Centre to use technicality to defend wildlife board in SC

PM-headed truncated body to be fully reconstituted soon

The environment ministry is likely to defend its decision to have a truncated National Board for Wildlife by a technical interpretation of the law before the Supreme Court. The government is likely to claim that while the law requires a full 47-member National Board for Wildlife, it does not set down a quorum for the meeting of the board's standing committee when it clears projects, according to sources. "This is a policy decision taken by the Centre to expedite environmental clearances to projects of national interest which were affected for a year due to non-formation of ...