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Centre constitutes a 9-member task force for monitoring Cheetah introduction project


The Centre has constituted a Task Force for monitoring Cheetah introduction in Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh and other suitable designated areas.The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) would facilitate the working of Cheetah
Task Force and render all necessary help. The nine member task force will include Principal Secretaries, Forests and Tourism of Madhya Pradesh, and the Inspector General of NTCA, New Delhi Dr. Amit Mallick.

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in a statement said that the Task Force will be in-force for a period of two years. This task force may appoint a subcommittee to regularly visit the Cheetah introduction area as and when decided by them.

The Task Force has been constituted to review, progress and monitor the health status of Cheetah, upkeep of the quarantine and soft release enclosure, protection status of the entire area and adherence to the defined protocols. It will also monitor hunting skills and adaptation of Cheetahs to the habitat of Kuno National Park. It will also suggest development of tourism infrastructure in the fringe areas of Kuno National Park and other Protected Areas.

Cheetah restoration is part of a prototype or model for restoration of original cheetah habitats and their biodiversity. This will help to stem the degradation and rapid loss of biodiversity. (AIR NEWS)

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