State Board For Wildlife Meeting
Jaipur, Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje has said that her government was serious about saving the state bird Great Indian Butard (GIB) from extinction and no stone would be left unturned for this. For this, all efforts would be made locally as well as national and international level. She was chairing a meeting of the State Board for Wildlife at her the CMO on Friday.
Smt. Raje said that she would write a letter to the Union Minister for Forest and Environment Shri Prakash Javdekar seeking support and resources for conservation of the GIB. Support of international experts, financial institutions and funding agencies would also be invited for this so that the existence of this heaviest flying bird. Presently, only a 100 population of this is alive around the world, about three-fourth of this is found in the state.
In the meeting, a presentation was given on the present status of the Desert National Park (DNP) for conservation and saving the GIB. On this, the CM asked the officials of Forest, Revenue and other concerned departments and the members of the Wildlife Board to team-up and visit in order to review the situation and propose an action plan.
While talking on the Tiger Safari Project in Ranthambhore National Park, the CM said that objective of this scheme was to reduce pressure of tourism activities on the core area of the Park. She directed the officials to prepare a detailed report for this project. Implementation of Van Dhan scheme proposed to provide sustainable and green livelihood opportunities to the people residing nearby the protected or conserved forest regions and development of green cities were also discussed in the meeting.
Smt. Raje suggested for setting-up wildlife clubs in schools, flowing in CSR funds from the private corporate for creating awareness among the masses on conservation of forests and wildlife and ensuring the local communities' partnership in different projects and schemes.
The Board gave approval for Jaipur Mega Tourism City, entry of vehicular traffic upto Forest Lodge in Keoladeo National Park Bharatpur, problem of catfish in lakes in Bharatpur and other districts and study the efforts made to protect crops from damage by Blue Bulls in Gujarat.
State Forest and Environment Minister Rajkumar Rinwa, MLAs Smt. Diya Kumar and Shri Man Singh, Chief Secretary Shri C.S. Rajan, Additional Chief Secretary O.P. Meena, Principal Secretaries Prem Singh Mehra and Ashok Singhwi, Additional Director General of Police (Crime), PCCF CWLW S.N. Singh, PCCF HoFF Smt. Savita Anand, other senior officers of Forest department, experts members of the State Board for Wildlfe and officials of different departments were also present in the meeting.