I am a journalist, working as Balangir correspondent of the English daily "The Pioneer" and “The Industry and Mines Observer”, an English fortnightly magazine published from Bhubneshwar. I was awarded the Trophy for "Excellence in Journalism" by noted Columnist Sri Shivaji Sarkar,in the presence of Editor in Chief -of The Pioneer,Dr Chandan Mitra ,Editor of The Industry and Mines Observer (IMO) Sri Sirish Mohanty on June19,2012.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
ADRL SOUGHT TO TACKLE W ODISHA WILDLIFE CRIME Sunday, 21 August 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
ADRL SOUGHT TO TACKLE W ODISHA WILDLIFE CRIME
Sunday, 21 August 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
At a divisional level consultative workshop held here for preparation of comprehensive wild life management plan, several proposals were given by the participants.
They include establishment of an unit of Animal Disease Research Laboratory (ADRL), digging of more trenches near the forest fringe villages to reduces the incidence of animal coming in contact with human beings, immunisation of animals in the forest fringe villages, digging of more big size ponds/water bodies inside the forest for animals, hike in compensation amount, improvement in information collection from grass root village divisional level forest officials to tackle the problem forest fire, destruction of forest and other illegal activities, incentives to Vana Surakshya Samiti (VSS) members and appointment of wildlife caretaker, besides conservation and protection of forest , were required to reduce the man animal conflict and to save wildlife and save forest for betterment of mankind.
Among others, the workshop was attended by the officials of railway, Wesco, Veterinary, Forest, OUAT students and wildlife experts. They shared their views on tackling wildlife problems in the district.
State coordinator of Wildlife Trust of India Ajaya Kumar Jena managed the discussion and took note of all the problems pointed out by officials in grass root level and facilitated the entire discussion. Circle coordinator Chandan Jani was present.
Earlier, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Bolangir Rashmi RanjanNayak made a detailed presentation on the forestry, wildlife and man animal conflict scenario in Bolangir district.
It would be pertinent to note that the total forest cover of Bolangir district is only 14.67 per cent. Thanks to less forest cover, loss of habitat, drying of drinking water source, electrocution, poaching, forest fire, wild animals are under threat.
Bolangir DFO RR Nayak appreciated the role of honorary wildlife warden Bolangir Sudhir Kumar Mishra in rescuing and providing treatment to injured animals and then releasing them to forest, along with other officials of Bolangir forest range, including the snake helpline members, in this effort.
More awareness generation on conservation of forest and wildlife animals at village level and effective involvement of VSS is required, the speakers opined.
The Wild Life Trust of India (WLTI) would prepare a comprehensive wildlife management plan for Odisha. It was disclosed in an inter sectoral meeting on wild life management held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi on Saturday here.
WLFI emiritus Dr MK Ranjitsinh and advisor Dr Binod Chandra Choudhury were present.
Chief Secretary Padhi advised to prepare the comprehensive plan balancing between forest and wildlife conservation on the one side and the mining and developmental activities on the other. Padhi advised to adopt appropriate technological solutions and innovative approaches to resolve the difference between wildlife conservation and developmental interventions. The meeting discussed about preparation of micro level plans for 51 wildlife and territorial divisions of Odisha.
Replying to a media query after the meeting, Forest and Environment Principal Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said the WLTI has been requested to prepare the comprehensive plan within 15 months. They would hold wide discussions with various stakeholders at different levels. The technical experts and field level executives will be consulted. Inputs would also be collected from local knowledge sources. Each department would nominate one nodal officer to give necessary data and input to WLTI for preparation of the plan.
Mohapatra added that the plan would be completed within 10 months.
The issues relating to diversity and conservation of mammalian, tigers, avian species, herpetofaunal species, fish, plants, aquatic life, marine resources, sacred groves etc were discussed in the meeting.
The topics like people’s participation on conservation, awareness about nature, wild life health, human and animal conflict management, eco-system restoration, habitat management etc also figured in the discussions.