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Central Team Rushes Odisha

New Delhi: Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar today decided to form a three-member expert team to help the Odisha Government to help control the unprecedented fire incidents in the state.

The Central Team which will be moving to Odisha soon will tender expert technical advice and handholding towards early and effective dousing of the forest fires.

Mr.Javadekar in a tweet message has said that Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other MPs from Odisha met him regarding Forest Firein Similipal National Park and nearby areas.

Acting on the directions of the Union Environment Minister, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change(MoEF&CC) has constituted a team headed by Dr. Amit Mallick, IGF, National Tiger Conservation Authority, New Delhi, Subratt Mahapatra, DDG, MoEF&CC Regional Office, Bhubaneswar, Arti Chaudhary, Head, Silviculture –ICFRE (as fire expert).

The initial Terms of Reference for the team would be making assessment of the status of fire incidents in Odisha, Similipal Tiger Reserve / Biosphere Reserve in particular.

Team will provide expert and technical advice to the State for containment in control of fire in forest area.

Team will find out the status of loss of forest and wildlife and its relationship with poaching, if any.

The Central Team would be working till the State attains a normal situation with respect to fire incidents.

Further, the Environment Minister informed that along with the team at MoEFCC he will himself be monitoring everyday map showing the forest fire detections in the entire State of Odisha and also a separate map showing fire detection in Similipal Tiger Reserve / Biosphere Reserve.

Earlier, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan along with BJP MPs rushed to Union Minister Environment and Forest for sending Central Team to help Odisha Government to douse the Forest Fire.