The Parliamentary Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests has taken a step in the right direction by reaching out to and approaching those who would be affected by proposed legislation (including poor fisherfolk, NGOs and local Government officials in the States concerned):
It is at this juncture that the parliamentary committee took a bold step to investigate what had gone wrong with the newly proposed CMZ notification. The MPs responded not in the fashion that expert committees do but as a body that represents the interests of poor voters. Rather than sitting down to draft a report based on its own wisdom, it set up a detailed itinerary to five coastal states, sought comments through press releases, met with government functionaries, coastal communities and NGOs alike.
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