Wednesday, March 12, 2008

NAXAL THREAT TO TIGER RESERVES

17:51 IST
LOK SABHA

While Naxalites have been reported by several tiger reserve States, their presence to the extent of affecting the day-to-day management has come to light in Indravati (Chattisgarh) and Palamau (Jharkhand) Tiger Reserves.

Various steps have been taken for protecting tiger and other wild animals in tiger reserves. However, since problems relating to extremist engineered disturbances are of policing as well as social in nature, efforts have been taken to elicit local public support for conservation, which, interalia, include ecodevelopment package, ecotourism and antipoaching operations involving local workforce to provide livelihood options to stakeholder people.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests Shri S. Regupathy, in a written reply to a question by Shri Nikhil Kumar, Shrimati Jayaprada in the Lok Sabha today.

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