Instructions for marking potential sites for safe habitat of elephants

Bhopal. Potential sites in the state where elephants are expected to enter should be marked so that a proper and secure habitat is ensured for them in the state. Work done for the conservation of humans and wildlife should be based on balanced and practical policy so that there is no conflict between the two. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was addressing the 17th meeting of the State Wildlife Board at the Mantralaya.

Chouhan said that there is provision of relief amount to farmers under Revenue Code for loss of crops caused by wildlife. Provision has been made to provide prompt assistance under Public Service Guarantee Legislation. Intensive efforts are being made through public participation to stop illegal mining. The mines have been entrusted to the panchayats so that rural villagers directly regulate and control it. He said that the Kuno Palpur region has abundant wildlife. The number of wild animals in Ratapani and Rani Durgawati sanctuary has also increased.

During the meeting it was told that a pair of tigers has been provided to Odisha by the state. Female and male tiger from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve have been taken to Satkosia Tiger Reserve successfully. Similarly, a pair of tigers has been rehabilitated in the Nouradehi Reserve too. A special cover has been released by the Postal Department of India, on the occasion of Golden Jubilee of Bandhavgarh National Park. Under All India Tiger EstimationProgramme tiger, coexisting and hunting species and their habitat were monitored between February and March in the year 2018. Figures obtained in four cycles of Phase-I were compared to the 2014 statistics.The figures show nearly double rise in tiger presence area. In the year 2014, there were signs of tiger presence in 717 beats. Currently there are signs of their presence in more than 1400 beats.

The non-government members appreciated various activities of the Board during the meeting. In addition, they also gave suggestions for improved efforts. On this occasion, the compliance report of the previous meeting was approved. The meeting was attended by Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar, Chief Secretary B.P. Singh and official and non-official members of Wildlife Board.