Tiger Protection Force to protect tigers in MP
Posted On Sunday, June 07, 2009
By Our Staff Reporter
Bhopal, June 7: Special Tiger Protection Force will soon be deployed in three tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh – Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench. Every company will comprise 112 jawans headed by deputy superintendent of police. Each company will have three sub-inspectors, 6 head constables and 30 constables. After gwetting detailed directives from National Tiger Protection Authority, Minister of State for Forests Rajendra Shukla has instructed departmental officers to expedite formation of this force.
The Special Tiger Protection Force is not a Cental force. It will be a force which will work dedicatedly by understanding intricacies of tiger reserves. The jawans of the force will be deployed on deputation from local police department. Al jawans will be below 40 years of age. The deputation will continue till the police department creates permanent posts for the force.
The force will work under the control and guidance of tiger reserve’s field director who will be responsible for their deployment and discipline.
The Central Environment and Forest Ministry can send these companies to other places in emergency cases. Deployment of jawans will be made from among the policemen of the same district where a tiger reserve exists. Jawans who attain 40 years of age will be shifted to other units.
The force will have general powers at par with police. The state government will also empower them to use firearms in dealing with poachers and organised criminals within the peripheries of tiger reserves.
The force will be exclusively for tiger protection and in no case be deployed for any civil work. Field director of the tiger reserve will send a monthly report about deployment of the force to National Tiger Protection Authority.
The officers of the state police department and Central forces will impart training to the jawans of this force The syllabus will include skill development, dealing with poaching and acting on the secret information.