Indian Environmental Service

Indian Environmental Service


  • On January 21, 2021, the Supreme Court asked the central government whether it was planning a dedicated Indian Environment Service in India’s bureaucratic structure.

Key point

  • In 2014, former cabinet secretary T.S.R. Subramaniam had recommended setting up of the Indian Environmental Service.
  • The petition was filed by Samar Vijay Singh, a lawyer, for the creation of an independent Indian Environmental Service on an all-India level.
  • However, prima facie it is doubtful whether a mandamus can be issued. It may, however, be examined whether the government will allow T.S.R.  Subramaniam proposes to follow the recommendation of the Committee.

TSR Subramanian Committee

  • TSR Subramaniam Committee was formed in August 2014 under the chairmanship of Subramaniam.
  • It was constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to review the environmental laws in India as well as bring them in line with the current requirements.
  • This committee submitted its report on 18 November 2014. This committee noted that India had a strong environmental policy and legislative framework, but it was poorly implemented.  Environmental governance has been criticized by conservation experts and the judiciary as a result of poor implementation.

Indian Environment Service

  • This committee recommended setting up of an Indian Environmental Service as an All India Service.
  • It can be made by MoEF&CC or DoPT or UPSC on the basis of merit and other particulars. The committee had also proposed the creation of necessary institutional framework for the purpose.
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