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 Wild animals too have right to live: Haryana CM

 Oct 5, 2016, 02.15 PM IST 

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

GURGAON: Urging to protect the wildlife, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday said wild animals too have right to life and there is urgent need to protect their habitat.

Khattar while speaking at a state-level programme to celebrate wildlife safety week in Jind said, "It is a time to follow the philosophy of live and let live, particularly in terms of wildlife."

The week long wildlife safety week is being celebrated from October 1 to 6 during which various activities like painting and eco-quiz competition was organised for school children at district level and on Tuesday CM distributed prize to winners of these competition in Jind.

Khattar also stressed on the need for conservation of wildlife to increase area under forest and maintain ecological balance in view of increasing water and air pollution.

Forest department celebrates van mahotsava and wildlife safety week every year to spread awareness among the people about importance of forests and wildlife. Over the year state government has taken several steps for the conservation of wildlife species which are near extinction. Peacock and Chinkara Breeding Centre have been established on Jhabua Reserve Forest Area in district Rewari. Similarly, in view of vanishing species of vultures, first Vulture Conservation Breeding Centre of the country was established at Pinjore.

"Our vulture conservation breeding programme is going well and now other state have also started to take vultures from the centre to their respective states," said Khattar. The Chinkara breeding centres and Crocodile breeding centres have been established at Kairu village, district Bhiwani and Bhor Saidan in Kurukshetra, respectively.

Divisional Wildlife officer Shyam Sundar Kaushik said educating young minds about importance of wild animals is crucial for conservation. "Through the competition we tried to educate and make children aware about the importance of wildlife and need for their conservation," said Kaushik.