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.