Tribals recruited for wildlife protection: Minister

Chenchu tribals are being recruited by the Nagarjuna Sagar Tiger sanctuary after naxal presence ended there, Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh Wednesday said.

New Delhi: In a bid to encourage local
community participation in wildlife protection, Chenchu
tribals are being recruited by the Nagarjuna Sagar Tiger
sanctuary after naxal presence ended there, Environment and
Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh Wednesday said.

He informed the Lok Sabha during Question Hour that the
government fully understood the significance of local
community participation in wildlife protection and was
encouraging this.

The Nagarjuna Sagar Tiger Sanctuary, earlier closed to the
public due to naxal presence, was opened two months back and
since then local Chenchu tribals have been appointed for
wildlife protection, he said.

"Conservation must come from the local community," he
said.

Ramesh accepted the suggestion of Maneka Gandhi (BJP)
that a subject on wildlife should be made part of veterinary
courses.

Earlier, several members expressed concern over the state
of deer in zoos and deer deaths in some parts of the country.

To members` concern over problems facing Project Elephant,
Ramesh said, "Elephants are related to our culture. We
propitiate elephant gods."

But, the way elephants are treated in temples in the
country, it should be a matter of concern.

PTI