With the Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats conservation becoming a poll issue in the state, the Congress-led UDF government today demanded that the state`s suggestions for changes in the report should be accepted by the Centre.
The hilly districts of Idukki and Wayanad in Kerala are observing a dawn-to-dusk shutdown on Saturday called by the CPI-M led Left Democratic Front to press for the withdrawal of G Kasturirangan committee`s recommendations.
With apprehensions over the Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats conservation turning into a hot political issue ahead of Lok Sabha polls in Kerala, Congress-led UDF Government will be taking a strong stand against implementation of the report in its present form at the meeting of states concerned in Delhi tomorrow.
Asserting that farmers` rights would be protected, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Thursday said he would leave for Delhi tomorrow to discuss the Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats conservation with Environment Minister Veerappa Moily.
Thirteen MLAs belonging to CPI-M led LDF Opposition in Kerala today staged a sit-in in front of the Assembly complex demanding rejection of the anti-farmer recommendations of the Kasturirangan report on Western Ghat conservation.
A report reflecting the concerns of people about the fallout of the implementation of recommendations of the Kasturirgangan committee on the ecology of the Western Ghats shall be submitted to the Centre, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Wednesday.
Normal life was affected across Kerala by the dawn-to-dusk hartal called by LDF today to protest the Centre`s move to implement key recommendations of the Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats conservation.
Adding to the controversy over the central government`s order based on the Kasturirangan panel`s Western Ghats report, the Kerala Catholic Bishops Conference (KCBC) Saturday also threatened to launch a protest.
The union government`s order on the G. Kasturirangan committee report on recommendations of the Western Ghats Ecology Experts Panel (WGEEP) was no cause for panic, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Thursday.
Though the opposition LDF is likely to boycott the meet, the Front would later give in writing its view on the issue, which has caused anxiety to the people living in upland districts like Idukki and Wayanad.