Awards Current Affairs 2017

Kerala’s Periyar tiger reserve wins NTCA biennial award

Periyar Tiger Reserve located in Kerala has won the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) biennial award for encouraging local public participation in managing the reserve.

Public participation in managing the Periyar Tiger Reserve

  • India Eco-Development project (IEDP): People’s participation started in the reserve in December 1996 by establishing India Eco-Development project (IEDP). It was a community-based eco-tourism initiative, which promoted tourism activities which helped visitors. It also promoted pepper growing in this region and marketing it.
  • Periyar Foundation: Later in 2006, reserve set up the Periyar Foundation which was a model for other reserves in biodiversity conservation and community participation in managing natural resources. It involved 75 communities living around the reserve, including tribal people.
  • There are around 19 different eco-tourism programmes apart from village eco-development programmes for public participation in managing the reserve.

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Cyberabad CP awarded by ECI for Best Electoral Practices-2014

Cyberabad Police Commissioner (PC) CV Anand has been conferred with the Election Commission of India’s (ECI’s) National Special Category Award for the Best Electoral Practices- 2014.

He has been bestowed this award for the commendable election related measures taken by him in the area of ‘Expenditure Monitoring and Tackling Money Power’ during the General Elections of 2014.

He will receive the award in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on January 25 on the occasion of National Voter’s Day Function.

ECI’s National Special Category Award

  • It was instituted in 2011.
  • It recognises the efforts and innovations of the officers and to commend and encourage individual and team accomplishments in diverse fields of election management.
  • It carries a cash reward of Rs 50,000 along with a plaque and citation.
  • Lok Sabha election 2014 was the first General Election after Institution of the award.

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