Instructions for marking potential sites for the safe habitat of elephants

26 Sep 2018
Instructions for marking potential sites for the safe habitat of elephants

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 the conservation of humans and wildlife should be based on balanced and practical policy so that there is no conflict between the two. He was addressing the 17th meeting of the State Wildlife Board at the Mantralaya on September 26.

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

In due course of the meeting, it was shared 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 the Nouradehi Reserve too. A special cover has been released by the Postal Department of India, on the Golden Jubilee of Bandhavgarh National Park. Under All India Tiger Estimation Programme tiger, co-existing 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 the 2014 statistics. The figures show a nearly double rise in tiger presence area. In the year 2014, there were signs of tiger presence in 717 beats. Currently, there are signs of their presence in more than 1400 beats.

The non-government members appreciated various activities of the Board during the meeting. In addition, they also gave suggestions for improved efforts.