The State government should put the Gadgil panel report on ecology through a serious public debate without taking a pre-decided position that the report was objectionable, former Forest Minister Benoy Viswom has said.

The report had made recommendations to address the “serious deficit in environmental governance” along the Western Ghats tracts. Addressing a ‘People’s Convention’ on Wednesday organised by the State unit of the Bharatiya Karshaka Morcha to discuss the ‘good and evil’ aspects of the report, Mr. Viswom said the views about the report in the State could be compared to the way blind persons interpreted the form of an elephant.