THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala’s suggestions over Kasturirangan report were rejected due to Kerala government’s shoddy approach to the issue, CPM State secretariat has said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The new developments are the follow-up of the UDF government’s foul play in handling Madhav Gadgil-Kasturirangan report. The technical error in the report submitted by Oommen V Oommen in 2014 and the setbacks that followed are continuing now also. Left MPs had earlier forewarned about the technical defects in the report given by Kerala. Without heeding those warnings, the State government had been cheating people in the hilly region,” the statement said.
“The government was not ready to accept our suggestion to rectify errors regarding the criteria set for Economically Sensitive Areas (ESA) and submit a report to the Centre after that. If the government had been ready to make assessment of forest borders on the basis of Village region and submit an apt report and map, much of the problems today, would have been there. Idukki MP Joyce George had even got an assurance from the Centre in Parliament that if the State gave such a report, steps would be taken to remove agricultural land, human habitats and townships from ESA. But this is unlikely to happen due to government’s apathy,” the statement said.