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Coimbatore

Stringent wildlife Act to prevent poaching and illegal hunting

Covai Post Network

The Wildlife Act will be formulated soon, by incorporating stringent rules against poaching of animals, Union Forest and Environment Minister, Harsh Vardhan said today.

Considering the increased incidents of poaching and illegal hunting,the Ministry will incorporate amendments to the Act to prevent such crimes, while formulating the new act, Harsh Vardhan told reporters here.

The Forest Ministry will also write to Railway Ministry to take special attention to prevent death of wild animals especially elephants on the track, he said.

Harsh Vardhan, who was on a visit to Theppakkadu elephant camp near here, said that man-animal conflict incidents were higher in Tamil Nadu, compared to other States and steps have been taken to reduce them.

An expert committee will be soon formed to suggest permanent solution to the unwanted growth of plants like parthenium in forest reserved areas including Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Nilgiris District, he said.

Without elaborating, the Minister said that the forest area across the country is on a high.

As far as evacuating tribals from the reserved forests, as a part of scheme drawn a decade ago, the Centre will provide 60 per cent of Rs.10 lakh meant for one person, with State contributing the balance, he said.

However, the State governments have not not so far responded to this, Harsh Vardhan said.

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