The environment ministry has notified the new board for wildlife headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Not a single wildlife expert from the previous wildlife committee has been nominated in the board, which finds dominance of forest officials from Gujarat.
Environment minister Prakash Javadekar has nominated five institutes, including the worldwide fund for nature and a Gujarat government body as expert bodies of the board.
At least half are former forest officials and not wildlife experts from outside the government, while well-known wildlife experts such as Asad Rahmani of the Bombay Natural History Society, Valmik thapar, a tiger expert, and M K Ranjit Singh have not been nominated The board has new members such Rajendra Kelkar, HS Singh, former director of wildlife institute PR Sinha, and VB Swarkar. Javadekar had this week told HT that the new board would have full strength.
The notification is part of a reply of the ministry to the Supreme Court in a petition challenging standing committee of the board that had minimal independent experts.