NTCA forms new committee to oversee Cheetah project

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The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) set up an 11-member Cheetah Project Steering Committee.

An Overview of the News

  • The committee works under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  • Rajesh Gopal, general secretary of the Global Tiger Forum, has been appointed as the chairman of the committee.
  • The decision to form the committee was taken after the death of six cheetahs involved in the translocation project.
  • The objective of the committee is to address the challenges and issues related to the Cheetah Translocation Project.
  • The committee includes 10 other members with diverse backgrounds and expertise.

Cheetah Project Committee Members:

  1. Rajesh Gopal (Chairman): Experienced in wildlife conservation and management.
  2. RN Mehrotra: Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Rajasthan.
  3. PR Sinha: Former Director of Wildlife Institute of India (WII)
  4. HS Negi: Former Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (APCCF)
  5. PK Malik: Former faculty member of Wildlife Institute of India (WII)
  6. GS Rawat: Former Dean of Wildlife Institute of India (WII)
  7. Mittal Patel: Social worker based in Ahmedabad
  8. Qamar Qureshi: WII Scientist and Inspector General of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)
  9. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Madhya Pradesh
  10. Chief Wildlife Warden

National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA):

  • It was established in December 2005.
  • The establishment of NTCA was based on the recommendation made by the Tiger Task Force.
  • The primary objective of the NTCA is to reorganise the management of Project Tiger and India's many tiger reserves.
  • NTCA plays a key role in formulating policies and guidelines for the conservation of tigers, their habitats and prey species.
  • NTCA oversees the management and administration of various tiger reserves located across India.

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