Refutes allegations of any illegalities inside Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary
PANAJI: Forest Minister Vishwajit Rane today told House that the process for settlement of rights of villagers, located with the Mhadei Wildlife sanctuary is under process.
He further said that all required measures to protect wildlife and its habitat inside Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary area is being carried out by Forest Department.
Giving out details, Rane said that for monitoring at Beat level, smallest functional unit of forest management, as per requirement wildlife trekkers are engaged with Forest Guard to combat and prevent illegal forest activities.
“Also, the staff patrol within their respective jurisdictions day and night to check forest and wildlife offences including poaching,” he said.
The Minister added that apart from these protection measures, wildlife management activities such as habitat improvement, management of water holes, grass land areas, planting of indigenous fruit bearing species, removal of noxious weed etc. are continuously being undertaken in all protected areas.
The House was told about the beat guards employed in the sanctuary, who have been provided steps mobile app developed by Wildlife Institute of India for monitoring of wildlife.
While admitting that there are no CCTV installed in Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Rane said that camera traps are installed for Wildlife Monitoring at