day in Corbett
Yatra / Trek
order to motivate the staff and officials of Corbett National Park and to
contribute towards their well being. We three friends (Parth, Ajay & Dr.
Das ) got together and approached the Director for allowing us to set
Medical Camps in the month of September every year so that just after the
monsoons, the water borne diseases start due to which the officials get
mostly sick and are unable to perform their duties. Our theory was that if the
staff is well then our tiger and other animals are also in good hands. The
director gave us the desired permission.
We are sad that our this program
did not start earlier or our dear friend Nawab mahout may still have been alive
inoculating a child that was bitten by a monkey
Camp at Dhangarhi Gate
came at Dhara Village
older generation also confided in us
Camp at Kalagarh
We organized the camps
on the periphery of the jungle, forest rest houses. The notice were sent
nearly 15 days in advance to all check point informing them that the
doctor along with free medicines would be available on the specific dates.
Initially people suspected us that we are also one of the many NGO's who
try to influence them or maybe politically motivated, but seeing our
commitment and willingness to serve, we gained the confidence of the
people and they came by numbers. In a day we used to look after
nearly 150 patients or so. We had started by seeing only the forest
officials, but on the request of the respective forest officials, we
also started looking after the local villagers, so that the credit of
this camp goes to the forest officials who may have a better relationship
with the locals.
an official who was critically ill
The camp is a success and is still being
During the camps and
our interactions with the local forest officials and villagers, we
observed that the conflict between man and nature has been there for ages
but both have been living peacefully and respecting each other. Due to
lack of resources and benefits the locals are agitated on the bureaucrats
and they take out the anger on the forest. The people and the staff are
excellent, just a bit of motivation and effort is required by our
government and a political will to save the forest and tigers, and am sure
that with such good people around our children may be able to see the
tiger in the coming years.
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