Tiger task force blames state govt for Sariska

The Indian Express , Friday, May 20, 2005
Correspondent : Staff Reporter
.NEW DELHI, MAY 19: The tiger task force set up by the PM today said the state government was to blame for the disapearance of tigers from Sariska and that tiger conservation strategies have failed on all fronts.‘‘There is no quick fix to the problem. There is a Sariska-like situation. The post mortem reveals that the state government failed repeatedly,’’ said task force chairperson Sunita Narain. The task force said there is a need for an agency for wildlife crimes. ‘‘Experts...suggested a lean and mean organisation of highly-skilled people. Those who work should do so on a voluntary basis and be very committed,’’ said Narain.

The task force today said that the biggest threat to the tiger is from highly-organised international poaching networks. As a short term measure, Valmik Thapar said, ‘‘We looked at extra policing’’. Project Tiger directorate said states have been alerted to increase monitoring during the monsoon. ‘‘We have observed an increase in poaching during the monsoon in the last few years, so we have sent a red alert to all the reserves to be extra vigilant,’’ said Dr Rajesh Gopal, director Project Tiger. Meanwhile, the Science and Technology Ministry plans to map the genetic diversity of tigers in the country. The Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology is setting up a facility called Lacones, to be inaugurated in July. Faecal matter will be collected from tigers and they will be monitored through DNA finger-printing, said Kapil Sibal.

SOURCE : The Indian Express, Friday, May 20, 2005

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