Forest staff transfers threaten tiger survival in Mukundra.
Large-scale transfers of forest personnel has crippled tiger tracking and village relocation programme at Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve (MHTR) where big cats were reintroduced by the Vasundhara Raje government in 2018.
To highlight the issue, the reserve’s DFO has written to principal chief conservator of forests & head of the forest force (HoFF) to deploy more guards and cancel transfer orders as only 54 guards were left in the reserve against 111 sanctioned posts.
Mukundra Hills tiger reserve is relatively new as the tigers have been reintroduced in 2018.
But in stead of making it a success the park management is making a mess of it.
With already 37 vacancies the park management agreed with transfers of 20 forest guards to other districts, leaving 50 per cent of the posts vacant.
Not only this creates extra pressure on remaining staff but it could also affect tiger monitoring as threats on poaching remaing high.