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Tiger whistleblower to go?

india Updated: Dec 13, 2006 01:23 IST

RAGHU CHUNDAWAT, who had questioned the veracity of the tiger census findings of Panna National Park, is most likely to be dropped in the reconstituted State Board for Wildlife. Chundawat had had heated exchanges with Forest Department officials in the last meeting of the Board held on October 19, 2005, according to Forest Department sources.

Other notable exclusions could be Dr M K Ranjitsinh who is also a member of the National Forest Commission and noted conservationist Valmik Thapar, the sources added.

The sources said that the State Government has approved names of members for the State Board for Wildlife and announcement is likely soon.

The Chief Minister is the ex-officio chairman and Forest Minister is vice-chairman of the board. The State Government is reported to have finalised some new names including that of famous wildlife filmmaker Mike Pandey.

Journalist Surendra Tiwari has found a place on the Board again.  The new additions include former PCCF (Wildlife) Dr A P Dwivedi, former scion of Panna royal family Lokendra Singh and Avinash Kohli of Ambar Travels, sources said.

Dr A B Shrivastava of Jabalpur-based veterinary institute and Bombay Natural History Society and Care for the Wild have been nominated on behalf of the institutions.

Retired forest officer H S Panwar has also been made a member, sources said. Five MLAs have also been included in the board.

They are Dhyanendra Singh, K K Singh, Dev Singh Saryam, Jagannath Singh and Jayram Singh Marko. With the constitution of the Board, the Forest Department will be able to hold a meeting. As per rules that govern the board’s working, the body is expected to meet at least twice a year.