State wildlife board meeting held
Bhopal, March 8, 2011 (Muslim Saleem): The Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has stressed on adopting a balanced approach to conservation efforts for putting an end to man-animal conflict. Reiterating his commitment to conservation of wildlife, he said that Madhya Pradesh today holds a distinct position in wildlife conservation. He was addressing the sixth meeting of Madhya Pradesh State wildlife Board here today. Two minute silence was observed at the outset to pay tribute to late Mr. Arjun Singh. The Chief Minister stressed on wide publicity of forest and wildlife conservation to allay misgivings among people.
He said that there would be no restrictions on the people living in buffer zone. The Forest Department would extend cooperation in development works and keep them informed about this. Mr. Chouhan said that initiatives should be taken for suitably amending recruitment rules of the forest protection personnel in order to make the conservation tasks more effective. Mr. Chouhan said that rehabilitation of forest dwellers should be one of top priorities along with employment, education and health.
He informed that a separate department has been created for rehabilitation nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes. Minister for Forest Mr. Sartaj Singh said that creation of new department for nomadic tribes will make more effective wildlife conservation works. Stressing the need for amendment in the provision of relief for loss of crops by wild animals, he said that fresh rules should be added to revenue book of circulars.