Singhvi seeks attention of Forest Deptt on ‘translocation’ of jumbos

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jan 2019 11:02:59


Staff Reporter,


Putting forth a key suggestion solely aimed at curbing man-elephant conflict in several parts of Chhattisgarh, acclaimed environmentalist Nitin Singhvi on Wednesday sought the attention of Forest Department on ‘translocation’ of jumbos from the troubled forested areas in State.  Singhvi, in his suggestion forwarded to Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary (Forest) and Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), also underlined the importance of translocation in context  of adolescent and sub-adult jumbos, especially when they undergo an uncontrollable rage triggered due to ‘Musth’, a periodic condition in bull (male)  elephants, characterized by highly-aggressive behaviour and accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones.

The activist also recalled that he had advised the Forest Department over a couple of years ago that the elephant, facing the imminent threat of extinction, have been classified as protected specie under Schedule 1 of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.

The Act has clear provisions for catching such rogue jumbos and rehabilitate amidst proper habitat, even as it clearly states that such animal cannot be neutralised or held captive. “The Act, however, empowers to hold the wild tusker captive, only if it turns incapacitated and cannot be rehabilitated to another wild area. Thus, there is need for training and ensuring other necessitated arrangements for translocation of healthy jumbos, if situation demands in Chhattisgarh,” he maintained.

Singhvi duly mentioned that he was again writing off these suggestions to the department wherein there was pertinent need for hosting elaborated training programs in 4-5 elephant-dominated corridors of Chhattisgarh, which in the past have witnessed spurt of man-jumbo conflicts. “For this purpose, the need of hour is to send teams of hand-picked officials of forest department to undergo extensive training program in elephant-dominated states, which have already attained a specialization in ‘translocation’ of jumbos. There was also need for swift arrangement of basic gears and equipment for these officials working in jumbo-prone areas. Equipments like tranquilized gun, sedative, belt, crane and truck should be made available for the staff to be engaged in translocation of unruly animal,” he said, adding further that the department should also seek expertise help from Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).