CM writes to Javadekar on bird deaths in Sambhar Lake

Jaipur: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has written written a letter to Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar regarding the issue of deaths of birds in Sambhar.

The CM held a review meeting at Aranya Bhawan on Thursday and later spoke on Sambhar deaths. “The forest department is constantly making efforts to save the birds and Centre should also take action in this regard. The issue will be uner control soon. The IVRI report has confirmed that it was avian botulism that resulted in massive mortality of birds,” Gehlot said.

During the review meeting the CM said that forest and wildlife are the important part of our bioidiversity. We need to protect and conserve rare species of our wildlife in a planned manner. He directed the officials of the department to speed up rehabilitation of people living in Tiger Reserve areas by providing them proper rehabilitation package and educating them about the protection of wildlife.

Gehlot said we need to protect rarerest species like Great Indian Bustard (Godawan) and Khamnore Bird to maintain ecological balance. State government will provide every possible resource for this, he said. It is evident that a unique initiative of artifical breeding has been taken for the protection of Bustard where nine eggs were hatched to get chicks. Radio collar system has also been installed for their protection.

CM laid emphasis on saving ecological system of Desert National Park and asked officials to prepare short films, documentary films to educate and make people aware about protecting park’s eco-system.

Gehlot directed officials to give top priority to wildlife protection of Tiger Reserves of the state including Ranthambhore Reserve and asked them to maintain balance between wildlife protection and tourism. He also directed to check fake bookings in tiger reserves. Successful programme like Tiger Project had been initiated during the tenure of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Kailash Sankhla of Rajasthan was appointed its first director, said Gehlot. This programme helped in conservation and protection of tigers.

CM asked official to do extra efforts for the rehabitation of people living in tiger reserve areas. He asked officials to create such an atmosphere that people are willingly ready to rehabilitate. He asked the state level committee under chief secretary to monitor it regularly. He also reviewed the budget announcements of forest deparment.

Minister of State for Forest and Environment Sukhram Vishnoi, Chief Secretary DB Gupta, ACS Finance Niranjan Arya, Principal Secretary Forest & Environment Shreya Guha, PCCF Deepak Bhatnagar and other officials were present in the meeting.

Pilot meets CM: Deputy CM Sachin Pilot met CM Ashok Gehlot at CMR late on Thursday night at around 10 pm. During the hour-long meeting, they discussed various important political issues. Gehlot is scheduled to leave for Delhi on Friday morning at 8.30 am and the late night meeting is being seen as a precursor to a major political development in the state.