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Concern over disappearance of tigers

Tuesday 26 April 2005

Staff Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology and Environment and Forests has expressed concern over the sudden disappearance of tigers from the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan.

It has suggested creation of a special task force at the Central or State level with the involvement of paramilitary forces to combat the menace of poaching of wildlife.

In its 146th report tabled in Rajya Sabha on Monday, the Committee has alleged that negligence of Forest staff and largescale poaching had cost the country dear. ``Conditions in most of the national parks are more or less same, posing a clear danger to protected animal species. Poaching is not a new phenomenon but the poachers are now more advanced with latest weapons and very powerful communication network, making the lackadaisically managed tiger reserves easy picking,’’ the report says. In contrast, the forest guards are usually equipped with a wooden stick.

Moreover, the Ministry should also involve the villagers living in and around national parks and tiger reserves to prevent poaching as they are aware of the tentative movement of the poachers, but because of poachers’ threats or any other compulsion, they refrain from coming out to help the department in apprehending them, it says while recommending vacant positions be filled immediately.

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