Govt. committed to conserving tigers in natural habitat

Forest Minister Dr Shejwar inaugurates cartoon exhibition “The Tiger Speak”

shejar27.7.16Bhopal, July 27, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan):   The Minister for Forest Dr. Gauri Shankar Shejwar reiterated State Government’s commitment to conserve the tigers in their natural habitat. He said that the incidence of tiger poaching has down to almost zero level. He was inaugurating The Tiger Speak – a four day cartoon exhibition of noted cartoonist Mr. Hariom at Bharat Bhavan here today on the occasion of the International Tiger Day – July 29. The exhibition has been organized by Madhya Pradesh Ecotourism Development Board under its Anubhuti programme. It may be noted that July 29 has been declared the International Tiger Day. All Tiger population bearing countries organize a series of activities on the day. Dr. Shejwar praised the idea of making cartoons on tigers to raise awareness and express feelings of tigers as humans. He said that it is a powerful medium to create awareness. He informed that the state government is encouraging buffer zone tourism involving the forest dwellers living around it. He said tribal culture and traditions are also being safeguarded while conserving biodiversity.

Dr. Shejwar lavishly praised some cartoons like the one in which tigers in Panna tiger reserve are expressing gratitude to the Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan for saving them. Another cartoon on the theme of Clean India Mission also appealed to him in which tiger families are cleaning away poachers from the jungle. The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Animesh Shukla, Chief Wildlife Warden Mr. Jitendra Agrawal and Chief Executive Officer of the Ecotourism Board, Mr. Vinay Berman and wildlife enthusiasts in a large number were present.

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