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Commitment: A victim of bear attack receiving relief from Geetha Srinivasan, Vice-President, NWLEA, in Udhagamandalam on Sunday. —
Commitment: A victim of bear attack receiving relief from Geetha Srinivasan, Vice-President, NWLEA, in Udhagamandalam on Sunday. —

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Recognises contributions of government officials connected with conservation

Udhagamandalam: Having been formed by a band of conservation minded persons way back in 1877 as the Nilgiri Game Association and now known as the Nilgiri Wildlife and Environment Association (NWLEA), the oldest conservation association in the country is set to give an impetus to the role it has been playing over the years in safeguarding the fragile eco-system of the Blue Mountains.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Monday, the Vice President, NWLEA, Geetha Srinivasan, said that for long the association has been conducting a number of activities and implementing some schemes.

The present executive committee of the association has decided not only to play a proactive role in espousing the cause of the flora and fauna but also in recognising the contributions of government officials connected with conservation and motivating them to do better.

In keeping with this the NWLEA utilised the wildlife week celebrations organised by the Forest Department here on Sunday to give certificates of appreciation to some of the forest staff, including Ranger Premkumar. It also extended financial assistance to a mahout who had recently been attacked by two bears inside the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve.

Stating that such appreciation will become an annual feature, Ms. Srinivasan said that though many government officials especially in the Forest Department, ‘are doing a wonderful job’ the fact is not being acknowledged in an appropriate manner. “Hence, we decided to put them in the limelight”. It will make all the employees realise that they are under the scanner and one agency or another is constantly observing them.

How are the recipients selected? To this the Secretary, NWLEA, S. Jayachandran, said that their dedication, involvement and personal interest in espousing the cause of the environment are noted.

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