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Task force to decide on public viewing of cheetahs released in Kuno National Park

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said a task force has been set up to observe the cheetahs released in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park last week, and based on its recommendation the government will announce by when people will be able to see the wild animals flown in from Namibia.

Referring to the excitement about the cheetahs coming to India, the PM in his monthly radio broadcast Mann Ki Baat said people have been writing to express their happiness.

“There is a lot of excitement and 1.3 billion Indians are elated, filled with pride that this is India’s love for nature. A lot of people have asked me when will they get a chance to see the cheetahs… A task force has been established to monitor the cheetahs. They will observe closely how they have adapted to the new environment and then we will take a call,” the PM said.

The wild cats, which were declared extinct in the country in 1952, were reintroduced in the country by the PM on his birthday on September 17.

The PM said a competition is also being launched to allow people to come up with a name for the cheetah project and also pick individual names for the animals.

“A competition will be organised on MyGov platform, I urge people to share certain things…What should be the name of the campaign that we are running on cheetahs? Can we even think of naming all these cheetahs…” he said.

The names, he suggested, should be traditional and in keeping with Indian society, culture, tradition and heritage. “You can also suggest how humans should treat animals. Our fundamental duties also stresses on respect for animals. I appeal to you to participate in this competition and you could become the first to witness the Cheetahs,” he said. (Source: Hindustan Times)

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