Cheetah rehabilitation program in MP delayed due to Covid-19 pandemic: minister

The estimated 75 crores needed for the program have been arranged through corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds from private companies, the minister said.

Madhya Pradesh Minister Vijay Shah said on Thursday that the rehabilitation program for the cheetah, the fastest mammal on earth, in Kuno National Park in Sheopur district has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. .

The minister was speaking to reporters here after the inauguration of a forestry development office. “The cheetah rehabilitation program by relocating them from Africa has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the estimate 75 crores needed for the program have already been arranged through corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds from private companies,” Shah said. A cheetah was last spotted in the country at Chhattisgarh in 1947 and by 1952 there were none left in the country.

The minister further said that the newly inaugurated forestry development office will carry out plantation works in the Malwa-Nimar region. “Of the total number of saplings planted by the Forest Department, we guarantee to turn 80% into trees.

We take money from private companies to do plantation work in places where forests have been wiped out and in return these companies get carbon credits,” Shah said.

The forestry development company was in talks with companies in Andaman Nicobar Island, Goa and other coastal states to involve them in plantation projects, he said, adding that the department also wanted to approach companies. foreign companies for the same.

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