“Don’t Ever Judge Someone Until you Have Walked in their Shoes”
I sat here this morning reading this in shock nearly – and at the same time, for some reason it comes as no surprise.>We go on about India’s Tigers not being protected or this Tiger is in Danger etc…with Good Reason of Course BUT can someone tell me how in the Hell can these Tigers be Protected when India is NOT taking care of Those who are out there on the Ground taking care of their Tigers and their Wildlife?! COULD YOU LIVE LIKE THIS???? Better yet would you not want to Throw your hands up in the air and say To hell with the Tigers , I need to find Work Elsewhere , because I have RENT to pay and FOOD to buy for my Family. Not to mention , these MEN are out there risking their Lives without the Proper Gear as they continue to Work protecting the Wildlife…INDIA this is wrong, and this should be considered A Crime in your country. For God sakes Take care of these Men who are trying to Protect your TIGERS and your Wildlife. – Greatcatsofthe”World”
Wildlife rangers in one of India’s newest tiger sanctuaries have not been paid for over 3 months. The 25 staff began work in November but have not been paid due to administration delays. It is not the first time that delays in pay have affected wildlife rangers in India as the country becomes increasingly known for underfunding and under-resourcing it’s wildlife authorities.
The Koka Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhandara district was declared a wildlife sanctuary in July 2013 and become part of Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR). The first staff was recruited in November and consists of 19 forest guards, five foresters and one range forest officer, none of whom have been paid since then.
The forest guards have been talking to the authorities about being paid but are unconvinced about forthcoming pay being made by senior forest officials in Nagpur state. Lack of pay for the wildlife rangers is of particular concern as tiger poaching in the state is said to have reached an all time record.
As one forest guard told the Times of India, “Around 15 days ago, staff sighted a tiger family in Koka, but how could better protection be done empty stomach“.
Kundan Hate, honorary wildlife warden of Nagpur, is disgusted at the current situation, “On one hand the forest department is losing tigers to poachers due to poor protection, on the other staff doesn’t get salary. It is really disgusting and shameful“.
Officials with the state forestry department have said that it will be at least another month before the wildlife rangers get paid because the documents to allow bank transfers to be made have still not been received or processed.
This does not cut any ice with Kundan Hate who believes that money should be transferred from other budgets as a temporary measure to ensure that staff are paid and can afford food and rent.
India are notorious for failing to pay their wildlife rangers or providing modern equipment or even basics such as boots. It’s not just those wildlife rangers protecting tigers that can be left without pay. Indian rangers protecting the rhino have also gone months without pay in the past.