Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment.
4.The Supreme Court’s decision to allow the introduction of African cheetahs into the Indian forests is a significant step forward in the conservation of the breed. Comment. (250 words)
Reference: The Hindu
Why this question:
The Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted its seven-year stay on a proposal to introduce African cheetahs from Namibia into the Indian habitat on an experimental basis. The plan was to revive the Indian cheetah population. Thus the question.
Key demand of the question:
Discuss in detail about the move by the court and arrangements made by it and in what way it is a significant step in conserving the species.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
Describe briefly the background of the question.
There have been previous proposals to introduce African cheetahs in India, as part of a plan to revive the Indian cheetah population. The proposal was to introduce African cheetahs into the Palpur Kuno Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh on an experimental basis.
However, the Supreme Court had stalled the plan in 2012.
Explain that Following a favorable view from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the Supreme Court has lifted its seven-year stay on a proposal to introduce African cheetahs from Namibia into the Indian habitat on an experimental basis.
Discuss the significance of such a step.
Explain concerns if any.
Conclude with way ahead.