Shimla: Forest minister JP Nadda while reviewing the ‘Snow Leopard Project’ being implemented in Pin valley said the state government has prepared a scheme worth Rs 1.40 crore for proper implementation of the project during 2009-10 and submitted it to the Centre for funding.
He stressed upon formulating a proper management policy for protection of wild life with the help of participation of the people. He further said that management policy was being formulated for the protected area in the Spiti Valley, which would also help in protecting the wild life. He also reviewed the availability of fuel and construction wood in the valley and also directed to open depots on need basis to meet out the requirements the people.
The first-ever census of snow leopards is being conducted in the state by the National Conservation Foundation (NCF), a non-government organisation. After the snow leopard was identified as a highly endangered species in Himachal, over a year ago the state government had declare it the state animal.