Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday decided to form a three-member expert team to help the Odisha government to help control the unprecedented forest fire incidents in the state.
The expert team will be moving to Odisha will tender expert technical advice and handholding towards early and effective dousing of the forest fires.
Acting swiftly on the directions of Prakash Javadekar, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has constituted a team consisting of:
- Dr. Amit Mallick, IGF, National Tiger Conservation Authority, New Delhi
- Shri Subratt Mahapatra, DDG, MoEF&CC Regional Office, Bhubaneswar
- Ms. Arti Chaudhary, Head, Silviculture –ICFRE (as fire expert)
The initial Terms of reference for the team would be:
- Assessment of the status of fire incidents in Odisha, Similipal Tiger Reserve / Biosphere Reserve in particular.
- Expert and technical advice to the State for containment in control of fire in the forest area.
- Status of loss of forest and wildlife and its relationship with poaching, if any.
The team would be working till the State attains a normal situation. Further, the Environment Minister said that along with the team, he will himself be monitoring everyday maps showing the forest fire detections in the entire State of Odisha.
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