The Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee while Chairing XXI
meeting of the Indian Board of Wildlife on 21st January 2002 recommended
that a Forest Commission be set up to look into restructuring, reform
and strengthening of the entire forest setup and affiliated institutions
in the country.
In the fulfillment of the said recommendation a National Forest
Commission to review working of Forest and Wildlife sector was set
up with following composition:
||Justice B. N. Kirpal, Chief Justice of India
||Chairman ( Part-time)
||Director General of Forests and Special
of Environment & Forests
||Prof. J. S. Singh, Banaras Hindu University
Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt
||Dr. M. K. Ranjitsinh
||Shri A. P. Muthuswami
The terms of reference of the Commission include:
- Review and assess the existing policy and legal framework and their impact
in a holistic manner from the ecological, economic, social and cultural
- Examine the current status of forest administration
and the forestry institutions both at all India and State level
to meet the emerging needs of the civil society.
- Make recommendations indicating specific policy options for achieving sustainable forest
and wildlife management and ecological security.
- Suggest ways and means to make forest administration more effective with a view
to help to achieve the above policy options.
- Establish meaningful partnership and interface between forestry management and local
communities including tribal.
The time prescribed for the Commission to complete its assigned
task is two years.