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poaching ; conservation ; armed guards ; soldiers ; india
Rajasthan, which has drawn severe flak for losing its tiger population to poaching, has decided to appoint 1,000 former soldiers to help guard wildlife sanctuaries throughout the state.
After getting a sanction from the finance department, the state forest department has already started the appointment process. Rajasthan has two tiger projects, a bird sanctuary and 25 wildlife sanctuaries besides 32 closed areas.
"For the safety of wildlife and to curb the incidence of poaching, as many as 1,000 retired army soldiers would be hired and deployed on contract basis in various sanctuaries and national parks at a monthly remuneration of Rs.4,000," L.N. Dave, Rajasthan's forest minister, told IANS.
The former army personnel would be given intensive training and would also be provided with firearms, he said.
"We are in the process of inviting applications and the last date to submit the application is August 20," Dave said.
Though no official statistics have been released ...