Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that his government was committed for protection of forest and wild animals and was making special efforts to ensure that the wild animals including the elephants get a safe corridor for movement.
Chairing the meeting of Jharkhand State Wildlife Council he said that more bamboo trees should be planted so that the elephants get food inside the forest and also directed the officials to make arrangements for drinking water for the animals.
He suggested that awareness should be created in schools which are located in forest areas so that children can also contribute in the forest conservation program. The officials present in the meeting said that after the instructions of the Chief Minister if the head of the family is killed by the elephants than their children will be admitted in government schools. They said that on the Ranchi-Jamshedpur road an underpass is being constructed for the movement of the elephants.
The officials said that illegal poaching in Palamu Tiger reserve is also being prevented. It was informed that during the year 2018-19 on 42 hectares of private land bamboo cultivation was taken up and in the next three years, the department plans to undertake bamboo cultivation on 5000 hectares of land.
Those present in the meeting included Additional Chief Secretary Indushekhar Chaturvedi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sunil Kumar Barnwal and other officials.