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Madhya Pradesh govt's reminder to environment ministry on Gir lions' translocation to state

BHOPAL: State government has shot off another reminder, the second in two months, to theMinistry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to take urgent measures to shift lions from Gujarat to Kuno wildlife sanctuary in Shivpuri district.

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had refused to entertain the request of the 
Shivraj Singh Chouhan government for translocation.

The Supreme Court on April 15 had passed final orders on shifting of Asiatic lions directing MoEF to take immediate steps for their reintroduction and had set a time limit of six months from the date of issuance of court's order for reintroduction of lions. The apex court held that the species was under threat of extinction and needed a second home.

Chief wildlife warden Narendra Kumar said: "I have written to the ministry's expert committee to initiate operations for shifting the lions at the earliest. We are ready from our side."

Reminder has been sent to the additional director general (ADG) Wildlife (MoEF) who heads 12-member committee. Other members of the committee include member secretary of the 
National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), scientists from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and chief wildlife wardens of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Other experts include Dr John Singh, Dr Ravi Chellam and Dr M K Ranjeet Singh.

The Times of India (10-03-2014)