IEP Chandigarh, May 1
Haryana Chief Secretary, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal has prepared a State Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2021-2030 for biodiversity conservation and management, which aims to balance the conservation of biodiversity with sustainable development and the well-being of local communities. While presiding over the first meeting of the Haryana State Biodiversity Board, the Chief Secretary, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal said that under this action plan prepared by the Wildlife Institute of India, it has been proposed to set up a Haryana Bio-diversity Knowledge Centre which will serve as a think tank and innovation of technologies.The Chief Secretary said that before implementing this action plan, a sub-committee would be constituted to monitor, precisely study and collect the data on biodiversity. The Committee will include experts in this field besides members from the finance department.Mr. Kaushal said that a Tiger was spotted recently in the Kalesar National Park. Therefore, the officials should explore the possibility of establishing a tiger park. He further asked the Forests and Wildlife officials to collect information on the areas of the state where the population of Nilgai and other wild animals has increased. A committee will prepare its report and submit it within a month. The next meeting of the board will be held in June.According to the action plan, work will be done by various departments to save species like cow, buffalo, monkey, nilgai and other wildlife etc. Apart from this, work will also be carried out for the management of cultivable land, underground water, supply of clean drinking water etc. in sufficient quantity to the population living in high rising buildings.Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Mr. Sudhir Rajpal, ACS, Environment, Forest and Wildlife, Mr. Vineet Garg, ACS, Development and Panchayats, Mr. Anil Malik, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Haryana Forest Corporation, Mr. Vivek Saxena and other senior officers were present in the meeting.
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