PM Modi announces task force to monitor development of cheetahs


New Delhi: A nine-person task force has been constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. It will oversee the introduction of cheetahs in the Kuno National Park and other designated locations in Madhya Pradesh.

The committee members will focus on assessing the development of these cheetahs and monitoring their health.

“Maintenance of soft release enclosures and security status of the entire area. Advice on Cheetah introduction in India to Madhya Pradesh Forest Department and NTCA on Cheetah status with respect to overall health, behavior and maintenance, adherence to protocols of Forest and Veterinary Officers, read an official statement.

These members will form the committee

The members of the committee will include Principal Secretary (Forests), Madhya Pradesh – Member, Principal Secretary (Tourism), Madhya Pradesh – Member, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief of Forest Force, Madhya Pradesh – Member, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests. Forest (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden.

Retired Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Madhya Pradesh – Member, Alok Kumar, Dr. Amit Malik, Inspector General, NTCA, New Delhi – Member. Dr. Vishnu Priya, Scientist, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun – Member, Abhilash Khandekar, Member MP SBWL, Bhopal, Subhoranjan Sen, APCCF – Wildlife – Member Convener are also part of the committee.

Cheetah’s hunting skills to be monitored

The committee officials will also monitor the hunting skills and adaptations of these cheetahs.

“Monitor the release of cheetah, opening of cheetah habitat for eco-tourism. Suggestions and advice on development of tourism infrastructure in marginal areas, interact regularly with cheetah friends….,” the statement added.

Earlier on September 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that on the basis of the recommendation of the task force set up to inspect cheetahs in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park, it will be decided when people will be able to see the animals.

PM Modi announced the formation of the task force

“Friends, a task force has been constituted. This task force will monitor the cheetahs and see how well they have been able to adjust with the environment here. On this basis, a decision will be taken after a few months and then you will be able to see the cheetahs,” PM Modi said in the 93rd episode of his monthly radio broadcast ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

He said that people from all corners of the country have expressed happiness on the return of cheetahs to India.

“130 crore Indians are happy, full of pride; This is India’s love for nature,” the PM said.
Modi further said that a common question put by the people was when they would get an opportunity to see the wild animals of Namibia.

PM Modi invited ideas from people as to what should be the name of the campaign and cheetahs.

He further said, “But till then I am assigning some work to all of you. For this a competition will be organized on MyGov platform, in which I urge people to share some special things. What should be the name of the campaign we are running on cheetahs? Can we even think of naming all these cheetahs…. By what name should each of them be called? Well if this naming is of a traditional nature then it will be great because anything related to our society and culture, tradition and heritage easily pulls us away.”
PM Modi also said that climate change is a major threat to the marine ecosystem and the garbage on the beaches is disturbing.

“It becomes our responsibility to make serious and sustained efforts to meet these challenges,” he said.

Cheetahs were declared extinct from India in 1952, but on September 17 this year, eight cheetahs (5 females and 3 males) were brought from Namibia under ‘Project Cheetah’, which will help the country’s wildlife and habitat. It was part of the government’s efforts to revive and diversify.

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