Apr 6, 2015
PILIBHIT: Acting on recent reports in a section of media about the dearth of qualified experts to count tigers in wildlife sanctuaries, Pilibhit MLA and UP MoS Haji Riaz Ahmad has asked chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to constitute a panel of retired IFS officers and depute it to various wildlife sanctuaries across the state. The UP minister of state for khadi and village industries said he has written to the CM asking him to constitute the panel of retired Indian Forest Service officers having experience in wildlife and tiger counting and to send it to tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries of the state where tiger counting is to be initiated. He added that he has requested immediate deployment of at least one such retired officer at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve where headcount of big cats is scheduled to commence from April 7.
Ahmad said such officers could easily be available for the monitoring of tiger counting in PTR as well as other forest sanctuaries of Uttar Pradesh and their experience would ensure accuracy and application of correct strategy during counting of the big cats. The MoS added that many retired chief wildlife wardens and directors of different zoos are living in Lucknow as well as other cities of the state and as they might not be engaged in busy schedule like those serving the forests and wildlife departments at present, their timely movement to the designated places could be ensured. He further said that in view of the disappearance of a large number of tigers from Pilibhit Tiger Reserve during the last four years, the projection of accurate results of tiger counting was most needed. Ahmad added that the deployment of some wildlife experts of Wildlife Research Institute, Dehradun, could also be considered.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com