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Bid to stop man-tiger conflict
Naxalites and villagers in and around tiger reserves have always been a major issue for the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Therefore, an eight-member team is to embark on a mission to resolve the issue of insurgency with the help of a combination of approaches. Dr Rajesh Gopal, member secretary, NTCA, ministry of environment and forests said: “There are number of disturbed areas around tiger reserves. Every tiger reserve has a core and buffer area. Villagers live in the buffer area but move into the core for their daily requirements. This in turn has a great effect on the animals. The committee would be visiting these sites.”

The main aim is to foster awareness among the people by studying their genuine predicaments and to provide them with earnest livelihood. “People who have been living there since long face numerous problems and are discontented. They don’t have proper ways of earning livelihood as they thrive on forest produce. In this way the territory of the animal is being invaded causing depletion. So, arrangements for their genuine livelihood will be studied and proposed to the Centre,” added an official.

The officials of the problem reserves were also asked to study and submit in detail the site-specific problems they have been encountering. “The development of the patrolling staff at the reserves is also one of the major criterions for the committee. These personnel encounter Naxalites often and there is an incessant shortage of staff too. Therefore, a policing policy would also be developed and a request for considerable increase in the number of personnel will be made,” added the official.

The major problem reserves are Palamu in Jharkhand, Indravati in Chattisgarh, Manas in Assam and Nagarjuna Sagar in Andhra Pradesh. The committee would be visiting the sites soon. “The team will be completing the work before monsoons. It would be submitting the report before August,” added the official.
Posted On : 5-4-2007
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