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Supreme Court re­strains Na­tional Board for Wildlife from giv­ing clear­ance to de­vel­op­ment projects around wildlife habi­tats

THE SUPREME Court has re­strained the Na­tional Board for Wildlife (NBWL), headed by the prime min­is­ter, from tak­ing any de­ci­sions. NBWL de­cides on the ap­proval of de­vel­op­ment projects around wildlife habi­tats. The court's di­rec­tive fol­lows a pe­ti­tion by Chan­dra Bhal Singh, a Pune-based con­ser­va­tion­ist, con­tend­ing that the Board was not con­sti­tuted as per law. Ac­cord­ing to the Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Act, 1972, the Cen­tre can nom­i­nate five non-prof­its work­ing in the field of con­ser­va­tion to NBWL but only one has been nom­i­nated, that too a state gov­ern­ment-run non-profit from Gu­jarat. As per law, 10 states are sup­posed to be nom­i­nated to NBWL on ro­ta­tion ba­sis but only five have been nom­i­nated so far.

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