Zoological Survey of India Revamp Concerns

Union Environment Minister Mr. Jairam Ramesh has voiced his concerns about the difficulties in revamping the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) and the Botanical Survey of India (BSI). Mr. Ramesh says he has been frustrated at the inability of making these institutions autonomous. Both organizations are currently under the Environment Ministry. The ZSI has a 4:1 ratio of scientists to non-scientists. Both organizations are supposedly heavily unionized and attempts to revamp their structure is being resisted from within because of job security concerns and a reluctance to let go of governmental systems that can be used for the employees purpose. The average age of ZSI and BSI scientists is over 50 years of age.

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