A 12 member Group of Ministers (GoM) will review the existing rules relating to forest clearance as environmental clearances were proving to be a hurdle for industrial development. The GoM will suggest changes in existing statutes. The move was triggered by the ongoing turf war between Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and several other ministries over him denying clearance for projects on environmental grounds. Tribal Affairs Minister does not figure in the list of members, though the agenda lists three predominant issues that are to be considered by the GoM, including efficacy and legality of existing forest clearance norms, environmental clearance in respect of projects in areas of high Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI) and steps to be taken to ensure quality forests are regenerated after mining operations are over. The GoM will consider all issues relating to reconciliation of environmental concerns and finalise recommendations within two months.