The sounding board

Published: Saturday 31 July 1999

The sounding board

At the onset of the Green Rating Project, cse set up a project advisory panel ( pap ) comprising industry leaders, judges, research and development experts, policymakers, academicians, environmentalists, journalists and other eminent members of the civil society.

pap was formed to advise, guide and steer the project and give the entire rating process a holistic and credible outlook. It was assumed that the huge and seemingly powerful industry would easily be able to dismiss an ngo 's attempt to assess their environmental performance. Therefore, to give weightage to the entire rating process, eminent people from various walks of life were involved. Their presence gave the project the much-needed credibility.

The pap is to serve as a sounding board for the grp and the ultimate group to clear the ratings.

The pap consists of:


Dr Manmohan Singh , former Union finance minister


Justice P N Bhagwati , former Chief Justice of India

Dr M S Swaminathan, chairperson, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation


Prof Saifuddin Soz , former Union minister of environment and forests

Professor M K Prasad , Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad, Kochi

Father C J Saldanha , director, Centre for Taxonomic Studies, Bangalore

T N Ninan , editor-in-chief, Business Standard

Ashok Parthasarathi , secretary, National Commission on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Government of India

Aloke Mookherjea , director (corporate affairs) Asea Brown-Boveri Limited

Arun Duggal , chief executive officer, Bank of America-India

R Rajamani , former secretary, Government of India

A S Dhillon , general manager, Tata Iron and Steel Company

Rajiv Dubey , managing director, Tata Metaliks Limited

M L Gulrajani , dean, industrial research and development, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi

A N Jha , senior vice-president, Essar Investments

Sreekant Gupta , associate professor, Delhi School of Economics

Bibek Debroy , economist, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

V N Das , director (safety, health and environment), Ranbaxy

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