Hyderabad : The NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority) has sanctioned specially-skilled forces for two tiger reserves in the state of Telangana. And the work force will begin functioning before the calendar changes its sheet to 2017.
Special Tiger Protection Forces (STPF) has got approval from centre and it will provide specially trained personnel, around 120 in number count, who will work towards rendering a safe environment for tiger protection and saving the wildlife along with it.
Telangana Chief Wildlife Warden P.K. Sharma stated that sanction will focus on two tiger reserves, namely, Amarabad and Kawal. Kawal Tiger Reserve is in Adilabad district while Amarabad Tiger Reserve is spread across Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda districts of Telangana.
STPF personnel will be trained akin to para-military force personnel or by state police training wing. The trained personnel will comprise of a range of forest officers and a police officer. Getting to serve upto an age of 40, these personnel will thereafter be absorbed back into regular vacancies in concerned departments. While in action at tiger reserves, the personnel will be fully equipped with arms and will be given special training on handling forest-related nuisances like smugglers, poachers and encroachers.
The project will be funded by Central government and recruitment schedule will remain under the jurisdiction of Telangana state government.