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Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu to set up Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) in the state

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Itanagar, May 15, 2017: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday issued specific directives to expedite the establishment of Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) in the state.

The STPF would have one company consisting of 112 contingents of various ranks and it would be deployed for protection of tigers in the 862 sq. km. Pakke Tiger Reserve in the state’s East Kameng district.

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The Pakke Reserve is home to many rare and endangered wildlife species, such as leopard, wild dog, Himalayan black bear and elephant.

Khandu, who held a review meeting of Environment and Forest Department, also underscored the importance of field protection for tigers and said that with the establishment of STPF, dual purpose would be served.

While conservation of tigers would be ensured, unemployed youth will get employment, Khandu said.

The Chief Minister also asked the Environment and Forest department officials to give preference to local tribal youth during recruitment as they are familiar with the environment and the habitat of the big cats.

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The Chief Minister also reviewed the progress of third-party monitoring by the Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI) in Assam’s Jorhat for all the schemes under Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).

He also asked for engaging RFRI, which is under the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) as the third party monitoring agency for monitoring and evaluation of all works.

“This will ensure accountability and judicious use of CAMPA funds and also the TFC and state plan funds for effective afforestation, environment conservation and wildlife protection,” Khandu said. (IANS)

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Vijay Rupani Takes Oath As Gujarat Chief Minister

Eight ministers, including Nitin Patel, took oath as the cabinet ministers while 16 took oath as ministers of state.

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Vijay Rupani is elected as the 16th CM of Gujarat
Vijay Rupani is elected as the 16th CM of Gujarat

BJP leader Vijay Rupani on Sunday took oath as the 16th Chief Minister of Gujarat along with Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and 23 other ministers.

Governor O.P. Kohli administered the oath of office and secrecy at the Mahatma Mandir at an event witnessed by BJP President Amit Shah, veteran L.K. Advani and outgoing Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.

Eight ministers, including Nitin Patel, took oath as the cabinet ministers while 16 took oath as ministers of state.

In a surprise move, nine ministers of the outgoing government, including Finance Minister Saurabh Patel and Social Justice Minister Ramanlal Vora, were dropped.

The total strength of new Council of Ministers has reached 25 while there were 24 ministers in the Ananidben government.

A total of eight ministers are from Patidar community, whose massive street protests posed the first major challenge to Anandiben who cited her age for stepping down as Chief Minister.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Rupani and Nitin Patel after they took an oath, saying it marked the start of a new inning: to continue the development journey” of Gujarat.

“Congrats to Vijay Rupani, Nitinbhai Patel, and others sworn in as they begin their innings to continue the development journey of Gujarat,” Modi tweeted.

He applauded Anandiben: “She has been working tirelessly for the people of Gujarat for many years.”

Chief Ministers Manohar Lal Khattar of Haryana and Devendra Fadnavis of Maharashtra also attended the event. IANS

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