New Delhi :
Environment Ministry today cleared that report of a study done by Indian Institute of Forest Management in Bhopal was inadvertently uploaded on its website. The Ministry also said that the draft National Forest Policy and that the policy document was yet to finalised.
“The Ministry has not issued any draft notification on National Forest Policy. What has been uploaded on the website was a study done by Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal," Director General of Forest Sharad Negi said in a statement.
“The study report prepared by IIFM-Bhopal was inadvertently uploaded as draft forest policy on the website,” he said, adding that it has not been evaluated by the Ministry.
The Ministry has not taken any decision on the draft forest policy as it has an elaborate procedure for preparing draft policy document, which takes into account multiple inputs from all stakeholders, etc, Negi added.
In the study, IIFM-Bhopal has proposed a host of measures including taking up habitat enrichment, provision of adequate compensation for people affected by wildlife and establishment of rescue centres to treat animals to manage the problem of human-animal conflict.