- Chhattisgarh has witnessed as many as 5 deaths of wild elephants so far
- Specialist Doctors to be called on deputation from Veterinary Department
Raipur: Bhupesh Baghel led government in Chhattisgarh state on Wednesday announced that the transport permit pass (TP Pass) will no longer be compulsory for transportation of minor forest produce in the state except the nationalized forest produce while two ultramodern and well-equipped hospitals for treatment of wild animals and a mobile app for controlling field officials of forest department will be developed.
The decision was taken in the meeting held at the chief minister’s residential office in the state capital.
The decision to dissolve the mandate for TP pass is in lieu to make it more convenient for the traders of minor forest produce. It is said to ease the sale for such merchants.
During the meeting, CM Baghel had detailed discussion with the department officials about wildlife conservation in state. He gave necessary guidelines for measures to be taken for wildlife conservation in the state and for its monitoring. Over the past 10 years, the number of elephants and other wild animals in the state has increased.
Officials informed that the number of elephants in the state has increased from 225 to 290 over the period of the last 10 years. It was decided that a mobile app will be developed to monitor the field officials of the forest department and to ensure their presence on the field. Using this app, all the officials and employees of the forest department will be monitored. The app will be helpful in taking immediate steps for forest management and wildlife conservation.
Likewise, the chief minister directed the forest officials to constitute 10-member teams in all the affected forest divisions for constant monitoring of elephant herds and other wild animals.
CM Baghel praised the mobile-based alert system being used in Mahasamund forest division to control human-elephant conflict. He decided to implement the same in 10 villages each of Dharamjaigarh and Surajpur too.
The chief minister ordered for upgradation of veterinary hospitals in Jungle Safari in Raipur and Kaanan Pendari in Bilaspur into ultramodern and well-equipped hospitals.
Meanwhile, Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar informed that veterinary doctors are on contractual appointment at present and before being specialist, many of them move to other services, which makes it difficult to provide necessary treatment to the wild animals.
On Forest Minister’s request, Chief Minister gave instruction to bring specialist doctors from veterinary department on deputation in the Forest Department.Chief Minister directed to appoint these specialists particularly in all the 20 forest divisions, where wildlife population is higher.