State Wildlife Board meets under Hon Chief Minister's Chairmanship

Published By : Admin | April 25, 2013 | 18:50 IST
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"Gujarat decides to file review petition requesting Supreme Court to reconsider translocation of Asiatic lions from Gir to Kuno in MP"

Gandhinagar, Thursday: Gujarat State Board of Wildlife at its emergent meeting presided over by ChiefMinister Narendra Modi here today decided to file review petition requesting Supreme Court to reconsider the latter’s directive for translocation shifting Asiatic lions from its only natural abode in Gir Sanctuary in Saurashtra region to Kuno-Palpur in Madhya Pradesh.

All the non-official members Board, experts in their own rights and dedicated to preservation and conservation of lions in Gujarat for umpteenth years, unanimously passed a resolution to oppose the move in the apex court.

The meeting specially recalled that it was the Supreme Court’s which had in the past rather praised the Gujarat Government’s efforts in the conservation of lion, in the course of seven affidavits filed in as many years in the apex court. The meeting also took note of the people’s uproar in and around Gir sanctuary against the latest apex court directive.

The members vociferously opposed the move, citing scientific examples and discussing likely environmental fallouts in case the lions were shifted to unfamiliar and unfavorable terrain as per the apex court directive.

They also urged that the government to take the best legal assistance to go threadbare deep into all the aspects of the case. Prima facie it appears that Supreme Court has gone by the arguments of National Wildlife Board and not what Gujarat Wildlife Board and Gujarat Government have to say. As per the federal structure of India, guaranteed under the Constitution, the contentions of the State Board do not seem to be quite considered.

The members reposed full faith in Gujarat Government’s capacity and contribution to reverse what at one time appeared to be lions going the extinction way. The Gir sanctuary continues to be the only natural abode of Asiatic lions in the world since the last 150 years, thanks to a unique emotional bond between the beasts and local populace.

Forest and Environment Minister Ganpat Vasava, Ministers of State Pradeepsinh Jadeja and Govindbhai Patel and Chief Secretary Varesh Sinha were present at the meeting. Senior Secretaries of Forest and Environment Department and Principal Chief Conservators of Forests also put across their views.

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Virtual Meeting between Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting today with H.E. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia.

The two leaders held discussions on the entire range of bilateral issues, including cooperation in the fields of trade and investment, human resource development, defence and security, development cooperation, connectivity, post-pandemic economic recovery and people-to-people ties. They expressed satisfaction at the pace of bilateral cooperation.

PM Hun Sen emphasised the importance that Cambodia attaches to its relations with India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiment and stressed Cambodia’s valued role in India’s Act East policy. The leaders reviewed the robust development partnership between both countries, including capacity building programmes and Quick Impact Projects under the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation framework. Prime Minister Modi also highlighted the historical and civilizational links between the two countries and expressed his happiness at India’s involvement in restoration of Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear temples in Cambodia, which depict the cultural and linguistic connect between the two countries.

Prime Minister Hun Sen thanked India for providing 3.25 lakh doses of Indian-manufactured Covishield vaccines to Cambodia under Quad Vaccine Initiative.

The two leaders complimented each other on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Cambodia being celebrated this year. As part of these celebrations, Prime Minister Modi invited His Majesty the King of Cambodia and Her Majesty Queen Mother to visit India at a mutually convenient time.

The two leaders also exchanged views on regional and global issues of shared interest. Prime Minister Modi congratulated Cambodia on assuming the Chairmanship of ASEAN and assured India’s full support and assistance to Cambodia for the success of its Chairmanship.