Source: The Hindu
Special Correspondent HYDERABAD: Three forest guards — Arthi Venkatesham, Bhumani Venkatesham and Damsam Mallaiah, belonging to Chenchu primitive tribal group, were presented the annual Sanctuary- Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) wildlife service awards 2010 at a function in Mumbai on Friday.
The three guards working in Nagarjunasagar- Srisailam Tiger Reserve were instrumental in helping the Forest Department in a crackdown on the notorious Bahelia poaching network having links with the gangs that eliminated tigers of Sariska reserve. These tribals help retrieve traps and snares and track poachers to their hide-outs deep in the jungle besides participating in tiger census, study of habitat and predator-prey analysis.
Other awardees included Mahesh Kumar Jiwrajka (Lifetime Service Award) a former Indian Forest Service officer and presently member secretary of the Supreme Court appointed Central Empowered Committee for protecting Kudremukh and Niyamgiri forests from illegal mining and for setting up Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority.