Forest Deptt to train youths from buffer villages from 15th

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Aug 2016 10:18:36

Special Correspondent,

Forest Department has organised a training programme in hospitality on Independence Day at Sillari in Pench Tiger Reserve for 60 youths residing in and around jungle areas. The progrmme has been organised in cooperation with Pratham Institute and Pench Tiger Foundation. Shree Bhagwan, Chief Wildlife Warden, Maharashtra, is likely to inaugurate the training programme on August 15 in the morning. The participating youths are from buffer areas of Pench, Bor Tiger Reserves and Umrer-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary.

Anil Nimje, Divisional Forest Officer, Pench Tiger Reserve, Nagpur, said that after completion of the training, these youths from jungle areas would get employment opportunities. This will also help them become self-reliant financially and indirectly reduce pressure on jungle as they would be busy at their work places in urban areas. The department has made training and accommodation arrangements for these youths for two months at Sillari. The department has selected the youths attached with Joint Forest Management and Eco-Development Committees in their respective areas, he added. Nimje also said that after this training, another batch of youths would be given training in other trades.

The main intention of the programme is to provide them livelihood and raise standard of living. Already trained youths by Pratham Institute are working at Maregaon-Sawangi in Yavatmal. They can now come here to provide training to these youths. There is a plan to develop around 3,000 youths residing in and around jungle areas.