Bhubaneswar, 5/10 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty ): “Impact of development project and man-animal conflict are some of the major challenges of wildlife conservation. In case of man-animal conflicts, deployment of squad and prompt payment of compassionate grant have to be ensured and this responsibility of field staff has been included in Odisha Right to Public Services Act, 2012. Besides, eco-sensitive zones have also been created to strengthen the Sanctuaries and National Parks, by providing a buffer all around Sanctuaries and National Parks”, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while addressing the State level function held to celebrate the Wildlife Week.
Stating that the Government is always committed to the cause of wildlife conservation, the Chief Minister said “An extensive network of protected areas in the form of two National Parks and 19 Sanctuaries along with the Tiger Reserves and three elephant Reserves have been established in the State for in-situ conservation. The involvement and active participation of local people and other stakeholders is important for the success of any conservation programme”.
“It is heartening to note that recent census figure have shown a rising trend of various wildlife in the State like elephants, black bucks, migratory birds, salt water crocodiles, dolphins and olive redley turtles”, he said, adding, “Keeping pace with the technological advancement in the world, there is an urgent need for skill upgradation of field staff of the wildlife organisation to incorporate appropriate modern techniques for effective wildlife management in the State”.
On the occasion, Chief Minister congratulated Sai Satrughna Rout, the winner of Biju Patnaik Award for Wildlife Conservation for the year 2014-15. He also cogratulated the students, especially the winners of various competitions organised to mark the occasion.
Among others, Forest Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh, Development Commssioner Upendra Nath Behera and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) S.S. Srivastava were present.