Carrying Capacity Study in Lakshadweep Islands

I n a notification dated January 20, 1998 the Competent Authority in the Ministry of Environment & Forests has approved the constitution of a Steering Committee to fix the framework and milestones for a carrying capacity study on Lakshadweep Islands and closely monitor the progress of the study to ensure its quality.

The Steering Committee will comprise of the following:

1.   Professor KC Sivaramakrishnan, Research Professor, Centre for Policy Research              Chairman
     Dharma Marg , Chanakya Puri, New Delhi - 110 021  

2.   Professor M Ravindran, Executive Director National Institute of Ocean Technology           Member 
     IC & SR Building, Indian Institute of Technology Campus, Madras - 600 036       
3.   Shri R H Khwaja, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests                        Member Secretary
     Paryavaran Bhavan, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 003                 

The following will be the terms of reference of the Steering Committee :

1.   Finalise in consultation with the Centre for Earth Science Studies on the
     parameters for the study, keeping in view the data already available from various
     quarters and taking into account the priorities of the island.                  

2.   Draw up the framework for the carrying capacity study which may include 
     development strategies for the islands based on the resources and ecological status.

3.   Identify the islands for which the carrying capacity study would be required to be done.

4.   Ensure that the study of Tinnakara Island is taken up first and completed within
     three months.

5.   Monitor closely the progress of the study to ensure its quality.

The committee may coopt or invite experts, if felt necessary, for discussion on specific issues with the approval of this Ministry.

The Committee may meet in New Delhi or at any other place and undertake site visits, if considered necesssary.

The tenure of the Committee is for a period of one year from the date of issue of this order.

The TA/DA expenditure incurred by the non-official members for attending the meeting/site visit will also be borne by the Ministry as per rules.