Newdelhi:26/5/23:The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has constituted a Cheetah Project Steering Committee as per the decision taken in a meeting with Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, chaired by the DG,Forest &SS, in supersession of O.M of even number dated 22nd September, 2022 on the Cheetah Task Force.
The members of the said Committee are as follows:
- Dr. Rajesh Gopal, Secretary General, Global Tiger Forum, New Delhi – Chairman
- Shri R. N. Mehrotra, former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & HoFF/CWLW, Rajasthan: Member
- Shri P. R. Sinha, former Director, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradu: Member
- Dr. H. S. Negi, former APCCF Wildlife: Member NTCA
- Dr. P. K. Malik, former Faculty at WII: Member NTCA
- Shri G. S. Rawat, former Dean, Wildlife Institute of India/ Member WII Society, Dehradun: Member
- Ms Mittal Patel Social Worker, Founder Vicharta Samuday Samarthan Manch (VSSM), Ahmedabad: Member
- Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden, Madhya Pradesh – Member
- Prof. Qamar Qureshi, Scientist, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun – Member
- Inspector General, NTCA, New Delhi: Member
- Shri Subhoranjan Sen, APCCF- Wildlife: Member Convener
Consulting panel of international Cheetah experts (for advice as an when required):
- Prof. Adrian Tordiffe, Veterinary Wildlife Specialist, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
- Dr. Laurie Marker, CCF, Namibia
- Dr. Andrew John Fraser, Farm Olievenbosch, South Africa.
- Mr. Vincent van dan Merwe: Manager, Cheetah Metapopulation Project, The Metapopulation Initiative, South Africa
The Terms of Reference of the Task Force are as follows:
- To review, progress, monitor and advice on the Cheetah introduction to the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department and NTCA .
- Opening of the Cheetah habitat for eco-tourism and suggest regulations in this regard.
- Suggestions on community interface and for their involvement in the project activities.
- The Steering Committee shall be in-force for a period of two years and will hold at least one meeting every month, besides taking field visit as and when required.
- The Committee may invite any expert for consultation, as and when required.
- Panel of International Cheetah experts shall be consulted for advice or invited to India as per specific requirement.
- The NTCA, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change would facilitate the working of the said committee.
- The travel costs for non-official members and other incidental expenses would be borne by the NTCA as per extant rules.N