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National Wildlife Crime Control Bureau to meet today

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New Delhi, Aug 13: The National Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) will meet here today to check the increasing wildlife poaching and destruction of forest wealth in the country.

Wildlife officials have already taken review of various steps, which are likely to be taken in this regard.

Structure of regional offices along with their jurisdiction is on the agenda of the meeting. The details of duties and powers of officers at the centers, staff pattern, and the process of filling of various posts will also be discussed.

Regarding involvement of defence personals and paramilitary forces, initially, they will be posted in tiger reserves only.

The Regional Directors from Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai and senior officials of the Ministry will attend the meeting.

The WCCB was created after Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, as head of the National Board for Wildlife, decided to set up a bureau on the lines of highly successful Narcotics Control Bureau to stop assaults on wild life and forests wealth.

Poaching has badly affected Indian tiger's population, and a thriving black market exists for animals such as leopards and rhinoceros. Poachers have killed hundreds of leopards during the past two years, according to the Wildlife Protection Society of India.

A recent tiger census that estimated 3,500 tigers in the country is seen as too optimistic by conservationists who believe the true figure is closer to 2,000 or as little as several hundred.

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