Mar 16, 2015
PILIBHIT: Minister of wildlife and parks, Shiv Pratap Yadav on Saturday said that he would investigate the reason for the dwindling tiger population in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. “This is a serious issue and strict action will be taken against all those found guilty in the matter,” Shiv Pratap told reporters. Answering a question on why the state government had not deputed a team of experts to find out the reason for the decrease in population of tigers, the minister said that he was earlier not aware of the issue. Shiv Pratap said that human infiltration of forest belts had increased in the last few years which was causing massive deforestation. He said that he would visit Pilibhit once a month to review the situation of forest and wildlife.
Comprehending the tigers as invaluable national property, the minister said that he would not tolerate their loss in any form. Responding to a question on UP not allocating funds for safety and security of PTR, the minister said that he would not allow liquidity of funds to be a barrier in protecting the forests and wildlife on any condition. In 2014, Hemraj Verma, the SP legislature from Barkhera constituency in Pilibhit, had written to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, drawing his attention towards the issue. But the desired action wasn’t taken. Two months later, Riaz Ahmad, the MoS for khadi and village industries, had also written to the CM emphasizing the need for a high level inquiry in the matter.