STATE TO SPEND OVER ₹50 CRORE ON FOREST FORCE MODERNISATION

  • The State government has given administrative sanction for ₹52.83 crore towards the modernisation of the Tamil Nadu Forest Force for 2022-25.
  • In the revised Budget Estimates (2021-22), the government had announced that special attention will be given to the forest force by providing it with modern equipment and technology, including unmanned aerial vehicles, artificial intelligence, GIS and MIS-based management systems, updated weaponry and forest-worthy vehicles.
  • Now, the government has decided to give shape to the announcement by sanctioning ₹52.83 crore for scientific forest management, training, strengthening delivery infrastructure and improving the capability and mobility of field staff to handle human-wildlife conflict.
  • Additional Chief Secretary, Environment, Climate Change and Forest, SupriyaSahu has passed an order to this effect.
  • In the first year, a fixed wing drone would be bought, along with accessories, at a cost of ₹6.80 crore. A mobile ground control station would be set up at a cost of ₹1.50 crore.
  • Thirty-five multi-purpose and all-terrain vehicles for rescuing wild animals and firefighting activities will be purchased at a cost of ₹5.25 crore. Basic wildlife rescue kits would be bought at a cost of ₹1.05 crore.
  • In the three years, 25 anti-poaching camps would be upgraded at a cost of ₹3.50 crore. Another 20 anti-poaching and transit camps would be set up at a cost of ₹4.40 crore.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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