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Kothari fetes winners of forest, wildlife awards

STATE FORESTS Minister Himmat Kothari felicitated the winners of the Martyr Amrita Devi Vishnoi Forests and Wildlife Conservation Awards at a function here today.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 16:09 IST

STATE FORESTS Minister Himmat Kothari felicitated the winners of the Martyr Amrita Devi Vishnoi Forests and Wildlife Conservation Awards at a function here today.

The awards, constituted by the State Government in 2001, are given away each year to three winners. Besides, three appreciation awards are also given. State Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi and several senior officers of the Forest Department were also present.

This year, the Rs-one lakh cash award for forest protection and conservation has been conferred on the village forest committee Ichhapur in forest division Burhanpur.

The committee has conducted outstanding afforestation work and has conserved about 2402.8 hectares of forestland near the village.

The appreciation prize in this category has been given to village forest committee Lakheri in Chhatarpur forest division.

The individual cash award of Rs 50,000 for outstanding work in the field of forest
conservation has been conferred on Jairam Meena of Sheopur district.

Meena has been planting saplings at all roadsides, public lands, school and college premises and other places in his district. In past about 16 years, he has planted almost 31,000 saplings.

Virendra Mohan Sharma of Vidisha district has been awarded the appreciation prize in this category.

Dr A B Srivastava of the Jabalpur veterinary college has been awarded a cash prize of Rs 50,000 for his work for wildlife conservation.

Dr Srivastava has done pioneering work in the field of preventing deaths of wild animals due to various kinds of sickness and infections.

He has performed post mortem of many dead animals and found the exact cause of death while contributing significantly to find out possible ways of preventing future infections.

Dr Srivastava is also credited with providing effective treatment for feline pan leukopenia, a dreaded viral infection affecting mostly tigers and hyenas.

Bagh Sevaniya police station, Bhopal Sub-Inspector Dinesh Joshi has been awarded the appreciation prize in this category for his outstanding duties in the arrest of poachers and seizure of more than two-dozen animal hides.