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Questions raised over Environment Ministry’s reorganisation move

by the owl speaks

The Integrated Finance Division (IFD) of the Environment Ministry has raised several questions over a massive reorganisation plan that is expected to impact key units such as the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

This was revealed in the IFD’s notes Assam-based environmental activist Rohit Choudhury’s had accessed through a Right To Information application seeking information about the Ministry’s restructuring move.

The stated objective of merging regional offices with the NTCA, WCCB, CZA and FSI centres is improving efficiency and ensuring better coordination. But environment and wildlife activists see in the push for this restructuring plan during the COVID-19 lockdown a design to make these key conservation wings of the Ministry toothless.

According to its notes, the IFD has sought to know if the proposal was for administrative functioning or involved financial management apart from the impact on NTCA’s existing recruitment rules for several key posts.

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