NCF has prepared and submitted to the Parliamentary Committee a detailed set of comments on the proposed amendments.
The Wild Life Protection Act (1972) is the principal legislation governing the protection and conservation of wildlife in India. Now in its 50th year, the Act is proposed to be amended by the Central Government. The proposed amendments are under consideration by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change, whose Chairman, Mr Jairam Ramesh, has invited comments from the public. Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) has prepared and submitted to the Parliamentary Committee a detailed set of comments on the proposed amendments on 12th of January.
Our comments address a number of major and minor concerns over the Amendments, including:
1) New amendments related to invasive alien species
2) Amendments to the Schedules and species listed therein, including many significant omissions and errors
3) Detailed lists of species, focusing on birds, that need to be included or reorganised within Schedules
4) Proposed removal of Vermin (Schedule V) from the Act and suggested replacement by a focus on Animal Damage Control
5) Need for better, transparent, and dynamic process of notification of species in Schedules and revisions
6) Alignment with rights of local people and provisions of Forest Rights Act
7) Importance of including research and habitats in the Preamble and creating enabling provisions
8) Comments on specific amendment clauses
You can find the detailed comments here.