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Tiger Task Force recommendations accepted: Cabinet

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New Delhi, May 9 (UNI) The Cabinet today accepted the recommendations of the Tiger Task Force, set up in the wake of the mysterious disappearance of tigers in the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, and decided to introduce a Bill to facilitate their implementation.

The task force, which had been set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh under the chairmanship of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Director Sunita Narain, had suggested strengthening of Project Tiger by giving it statutory as well as administrative powers, apart from reporting annually to Parliament, so that commitment to the project was reviewed from time to time.

The Amendment Notice to Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2005, would also seek to reinforce the ongoing intiatives to conserve the tiger in the wake of present threats and need for a viable habitat.

It would also facilitate development of approaches to strengthen the ongoing efforts for conserving tigers in the designated tiger reserves and other tiger bearing forests of the country.

The Bill would clear considerable number of pending cases in subordinate judiciary. It would also provide a system of judiciary, which would be less expensive, free from protracted procedural wrangles, quick and available at the grass-root level, accessible to the common man and render justice to him as enshrined in Article 39A of the Constitution.

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