CM attends Wildlife Board meeting

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Sep 2018 11:50:27


Staff Reporter,

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that potential sites in the State where elephants are expected to enter should be marked so that a proper and secure habitat is ensured for them in the State. He said that work done for conservation of humans and wildlife should be based on balanced and practical policy so that there is no conflict between the two. Chouhan was addressing 17th meeting of State Wildlife Board at Mantralaya on Wednesday.

Chouhan also said that there is a provision of relief amount to farmers under Revenue Code for loss of crops caused by wildlife. Provision has been made to provide prompt assistance under Public Service Guarantee Act. He said that intensive efforts are being made through public participation to stop illegal mining. Mines have been entrusted to panchayats so that rural villagers directly regulate and control it. He said that Kuno Palpur region has abundant wildlife. The number of wild animals in Ratapani and Rani Durgawati Sanctuary has also increased.

During the meeting, it was told that a pair of tigers has been provided to Odisha by the State.
Female and male tiger from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve have been taken to Satkosia Tiger Reserve successfully. Similarly, a pair of tigers has been rehabilitated in Nauradehi Reserve too. A special cover has been released by the Postal Department of India, on the occasion of Golden Jubilee of Bandhavgarh National Park.

Under All India Tiger Estimation Programme tiger, coexisting and hunting species and their habitat were monitored between February and March in 2018. Figures obtained in four cycles of Phase-I were compared to 2014 statistics. Figures show nearly double rise in tiger presence area. In 2014, there were signs of tiger presence in 717 beats. Currently, there are signs of their presence in more than 1400 beats.

Non-government members appreciated various activities of the Board during the meeting. In addition, they also gave suggestions for improved efforts. On the occasion, compliance report of previous meeting was approved. The meeting was attended by Forest Minister Dr Gaurishankar Shejwar, Chief Secretary B P Singh and official and non-official members of Wildlife Board.