PS Soma Sekhar, Inspector-General, National Tiger Conservation Authority (southern zone), has said that the fourth nationwide tiger census—the first in Telangana—will commence from January 2018. He was speaking as the chief guest at a one-day workshop organised by the Telangana Forest Department in Dulapally on Thursday.
Soma Sekhar opined that ecological balance could be maintained only through proper conservation of tigers and certain complementary measures. He made a presentation on the technical skills required for personnel and the way enumerators should conduct themselves in forests while taking part in the census. In spite of challenges related to ecological balance, he put the annual growth of tiger population at 6 per cent. He suggested that Telangana’s Amrabad and Kawwal tiger sanctuaries were conducive for movement of tigers.
Conserving natural forests and restoring tiger habitats would help conserve wildlife, he said, while sensitising participants of the workshop on various phases of the census, how enumerators should go about their job, and the technological advancements that could be adopted in conducting the census.
He led the forest department personnel into the Dulapally forest and explained how the census should be conducted on the basis of the tiger and other wild animals’ paw impressions and excreta. He said that a three-day training programme for forest officials of southern states would be held at the Bandipur sanctuary in Karnataka during the first week of December.
He invited forest officials from Telangana to the training programme. The workshop discussed forest development programmes of the Government of Telangana and how some of them could be implemented more effectively. The workshop also assessed the working of the Forest Department staff. Forest officials who spoke at the workshop advised staffers to improve their skills with each passing day.