Gir to have forensic labs to fight lion poaching
Business Standard, By Soumitra Trivedi
If all goes well at the policy level then
This is aimed at curbing lion poaching in the sanctuary.
Government sources say that three parties are involved in the discussions which include the Ministry for Home and Ministry for Forests and Environment and the top officials of the country’s most advanced FSL facility in Gandhinagar.
Sources added that a policy-level decision is likely to be taken before the election.
Sources in the Gujarat Ministry for Home and Gandhinagar FSL confirmed that the state is seriously considering setting up these facilities at the National Park.
A high-level official of FSL, Gandhinagar, while talking to Business Standard, said on terms of anonymity, “The state government is serious about setting up these facilities in
On the need for FSL facilities in
Government department sources say the final decision will be taken before the elections as it may help the government to project itself in different light. The move is also seen as a damage control process by many.
A major controversy was created recently after many incidents of poaching were unearthed in the
Carcasses of over 16 lions were found between February 24 to March 31, eight of them are feared to be poached. A number of arrests were made including three beat guards and a retired forest ranger. A gang of tribal poachers was arrested after investigation.