The government swung into action after the death of three female cheetah cubs brought from South Africa in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park. Project Steering Committee has been constituted. Now any decision related to cheetahs will be taken only with the consent of the members of this committee.
The committee will be able to take these decisions
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) decided to set up a Cheetah Project Steering Committee in a meeting with the Under Chief Secretary (ACS), Government of Madhya Pradesh. The committee/task force will include members of various wildlife institutions, officers or former officers, social workers and members of other organizations. The task force will have the following responsibilities:
Madhya Pradesh Forest Department and NTCA to progress, monitor and give advice related to cheetahs.
Opening of cheetah habitat for eco-tourism and suggesting rules in this regard.
– Suggestions on community interface and their participation in project activities.
The tenure of the steering committee will be two years and will hold at least one meeting every month, apart from field visits if required.
The committee can invite any expert for consultation if required.
Panel of International Cheetah experts will be consulted or invited to India for advice as per specific requirement.
NTCA, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change will facilitate the functioning of the said committee.
– The travel expenses and other contingencies for non-official members will be borne by NTCA as per extant rules.
Three cheetahs have already died
Let us tell you that 3 cheetahs have died in the last two months from Kuno National Park. Siya (Jwala) Cheetah had given birth to 4 cubs on March 24, but till now three of these cubs have also died while the condition of one is said to be critical. Now there are 17 adult cheetahs and 1 cub in Kuno Park. Wildlife experts have also expressed concern about the frequent deaths.
PM Modi started the project
The Cheetah Project in India was started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday, 17 September 2022, after which 20 cheetahs were brought from Namibia and South Africa in two phases and settled here. PCCF Wildlife Jasveer Singh Chauhan told Aaj Tak over phone call that extreme heat and heat waves are prevailing in Kuno Park and maximum temperature of 46-47 degrees Celsius has been recorded on May 23. The remaining cheetahs are being continuously monitored.
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