New Delhi, Sept. 21 -- The Union environment ministry has informed Parliament that it is in the process of amending the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, after a review committee submitted a report to the ministry, suggesting several revisions to the Act and introducing tougher penalties for breaches of the legislation.

The Wildlife Protection Act was last amended in 2003. "The environment ministry had constituted a Committee for drafting the amendments to the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 on May 1 2018, which has submitted its report. The drafting Committee has proposed a comprehensive review of various provisions of the Act," the ministry said on September 15.

Amendments likely to be made include a larger role for eco-development commi...