ON LINES of Sarus Protection Committee, the State Government has decided to constitute a Tiger Protection Society.
The decision in this regard was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The Sarus Protection Society had been constituted for the conservation of the state bird and a corpus fund of Rs 10 crore allocated for the same.
As for the Tiger Society, it has been learnt, will have representation from NGOs, Wildlife Institute of India and wildlife experts.
It may be mentioned that the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) had pulled up the State Government for not doing enough for the state bird. The State Government had then submitted an affidavit with the CEC that it was committed to the protection of the bird.
Other decision taken at the meeting included benefits to the members of the State Human Rights Commission as per service conditions, extension to the sugar industry policy, which is going to expire in March 2007, up to March 31, 2008 and an increase in ‘purchasing power’ of the DGP from Rs 1.5 crore to 5 crore.