New Delhi: To strengthen the wildlife
monitoring system, Government is mulling a Rs 500 crore
financial package for the states to meet partial salary cost
of the new frontline field staff for five years, Environment
Minister Jairam Ramesh has said.
"Many states are not recruiting forest field staff
citing shortage of funds. Those who have been appointed are
either aged or have not got their dues. This has lowered their
morale as is evident in poor wildlife and forest monitoring at
the ground level," the minister said recently.
The Centre would make special financial allocations
for providing grants to states to meet 50 per cent of the
salary cost of the new frontline field staff for five years,
he said. "A financial package of Rs 500 crore would be
developed soon for the purpose."
Welcoming the decision, Madhya Pradesh Principle Chief
Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) R S Negi said it would reduce
the burden on the department as state funds are mostly spent
on development and management of forests and wildlife.
Last year, the Minister had announced that the field
allowance of frontline staff across the reserves would be