Face à la persistance du braconnage, la cellule spéciale sur le tigre, inaugurée en 2007 et rapidement devenue une coquille vide non fonctionnelle, est réactivée sur de nouvelles bases. The Times of India, ce jour. Vijay Pinjarkar. "After 9 years state tiger cell to meet."
After remaining in deep slumber for over nine years, the forest department seems to have woken up and has convened state tiger cell meeting on October 1. The last meeting of the cell was held on February 14, 2007. Interestingly, as per the GR issued in 2002, state tiger cell meetings should be held once in six months. Incumbent state DGP is the chairman of state cell, while APCCF (wildlife) is the member-secretary.
The present state DGP Satish Mathur and APCCF (wildlife) N Rambabu will chair the meeting.
This is the 7th meeting of the state-level cell to be held at Van Sabhagruha, Seminary Hills. In the last nine years, there may be at least a dozen chief wildlife wardens and PCCFs who have retired without convening a single meeting. "This only shows how defunct these tiger cells have become. Even the regional cell meeting, which should be held every three months, has not been convened for the last four years," said a section of the cell members.
The members also pointed out that during the intervening period, large-scale tiger poaching by organized gang of Baheliyas was busted by the forest and police departments. At least 25 tigers are feared to be poached in 2012-13 in the region. Notorious tiger poacher Kuttu Pardhi also escaped from Bhandara police custody and iconic tiger Jai also went missing. It is here where tiger cells can play a crucial role by sharing intelligence, the members said.
Interestingly, the ensuing meeting is going to review actions taken on the decisions taken in the 6th meeting. A presentation on wildlife crime will be given by regional deputy director of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Mumbai.
The meeting will also review working of the regional and district tiger cells in Nagpur and Amravati revenue divisions. The DGP will also review poaching cases reported in last three years.
Wildlife conservationists hope that the 7th meeting doesn't turn out to be just a tea session. Though several decisions like setting up of secret fund and cyber cells in tiger reserves have been taken, tigers continue to be targeted in the region. The forest department has arrested 42 local and organized tiger poachers but 35 hard-core poachers are still at large.
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