Centre Interviews Official Named In Tiger Poaching Probe For WII Directorship.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) interviewed eight people on August 8, 2019 for the position of the director of Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, said sources. One of them — Samir Sinha, former director of Jim Corbett National Park — was named in an inquiry report on poaching of tigers in the state for “administrative laxity” in 2016. However, Sinha told Down To Earth that he is “not aware” of any such report.
In March 2016, five tiger skins and 136 kilogramme of tiger bones were recovered from Shyampur in Haridwar district. After this, in early 2017, the then Uttarakhand Forest Secretary Ranbir Singh had ordered an inquiry into poaching of tigers in Jim Corbett National Park.
The inquiry report held Sinha responsible for administrative laxity in preventing the poaching. It was filed by Jai Raj, principle chief conservator of forest, Uttarakhand, in June 2018.
Article on the application for an important tiger job with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), showing that one of the applicants was accused of administrative laxity in tiger poaching issue.
But also that the whole application procedure is a designed circus as everybody seems to know who the next director will be.