New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh has expressed
reservation over signing of a tripartite pact with the centre
for tiger conservation despite the state facing flak for
several deaths of the big cats in its Panna and Kanha
The state officials are particularly worried over a
clause in the pact that make directors of tiger reserves
accountable for any lapses in the park.
"When already a bilateral agreement with the Centre and
the State exists why to drag the director in the matter
regarding tiger conservation. The funds are being doled out to
the states and not to the director.
"And what if the director is shifted in between his term
period," Prashant Mehta, Additional Chief Secretary (Forests)
of Madhya Pradesh, asked Union Minister Jairarm Ramesh at a
national conference on forests ministers here.
The issue came up during the deliberation when Ramesh
called upon states to expedite signing of tripartite agreement
which aims to make the stakeholders including director of the
reserve responsible for protection of the big cat.
The agreement is a move to boost tiger conservation as it
make three parties -- Environment Ministry on behalf of the
Centre, state government and the tiger reserve -- accountable
for their actions in protection of the big cats which are on
the verge of extinction due to various reasons.
Refusing to buy the theory of the state government,
Ramesh asked the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)
member secretary Rajesh Gopal to hold a meeting with the state
officials to encourage them to sign the pact.