Mass demise of Olive Ridley Turtles alongside the orissa sea coast
Mass Demise of TurtlesAlongside the Orissa Sea Coast, A reluctant Environmental State Governance Kumar Deepak (Environmentalist)
Report Of Mass Death of TurtlesMr. Raju from Nature Drive Trust of India, called on me in &around 11 am on 17-12-2012 over my mobile…He intimated me thatthere were over 500 turtles, found dead alongside the variouscoast of Orissa…He himself found 100s of turtles dead over theParadip coast…However he initially reported me about the death of Tortoisesbecause he himself was hardly able to distinguish betweentortoise or turtle, or may be confused…I requested Mr. Raju to send some photographs over my email…He sent me a text mail with photographs… The text message isfollowed in the next slide…
From: nature drive email@example.comTo: firstname.lastname@example.orgCc: email@example.comSent: Monday, December 17, 2012 4:17 PMSubject: PHOTOS OF NDTI ( DEAD TORTOISES ) at Paradip Sea beachShocking news from Paradip Sea Beach, Odisha State (Bay ofBengal). It was observed since last one week Hundreds ofTortoises found dead at shore line. NDTI is planning to buriedthe dead Tortoise in the sand at shore line on Wednesday to keepthe beach area clean & also send two of them to laboratory forfurther investigation about the reason for such incidence. At the1st sight it was not seems to be the result of fishingactivities, something looks like unhealthy water condition orincreased of acid level in the sea water. Whatever may the reasonbehind it, very embarrassing news for animal lovers.--------------------------****---------------------****----------
Report to the Department of Environment &Forest, OrissaI immediately reported to the Respected High Officials to theDepartment of Environment & Forest, Orissa through SMS… Imessaged“look into the incidence of mass demise of tortoises seriously &kindly send an expert team to investigate this matter…”I messaged to the following respected officials… Principal Secretary, MoEF, Govt. of Orissa Director cum Special Secretary, MoEF, Govt. of Orissa Special Secretary, MoEF, Govt. of OrissaThereafter I sent a text email message to the Official site ofthe Department of Environment & Forest, Orissa..
From: Kumar Deepak <firstname.lastname@example.org>To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>Sent: Monday, December 17, 2012 7:11 PMSubject: Fw: PHOTOS OF NDTI ( DEAD TORTOISES ) at Paradip SeabeachDear Sir, I have messaged to the Principal Secretary, Directorcum Spl Secretary, Special Secretary about the mass-deaths oftortoise around the Paradeep Coast as per the report of a localNGO Nature Drive Trust of India...Kindly look into the matter & sent a team of expert to know thewhat-about of this incident...You may kindly call Mr. Raju,Nature Drive Trust of Indiaover 8908472772 in the Paradeep...with kind regardsKumar Deepak(Environmentalist)United Nations Development ProgrammeLodi-estateNew Delhi
After registering my concern to the official mail of the DoEF, Iimmediately forwarded the message to the NDTI email about mydetailed action right after the information about the MassDeath…But when I was going through the photographs, I found thatthey were Turtles…Identified Turtles : Olive Ridley Turtles Leather Black Turtles
Official Response:In & around 7 pm, District Forest Officer Mr. Rajendra called onmy mobile & asked about the details of information…I havemessaged NDTI Representative Mobile number to him… Thereafter Hehad a long talk to Mr. Raju, NDTI Representative over this turtleissue…He ensured that he would visit the site…Meanwhile there wasa message over my mobile to call on a number which was sent bythe Principal Forest Conservator, Orissa Mr. J.D Sharma…Mr. Rajendra made an oral speculations of death of just 25 to 50turtles but he ensured of having proper inspection…He eventhanked me as well…The Dramatic turn initiated in the morning… While I was workingout on 18-12-2012, there was a call on my number in & around 8pm…I received the call… The gentleman calling was the PrincipalConservator of the Forest, Govt. of Orissa… He was talking ormore like cracking in a loud sound & blaming me of disseminatingrumors about the mass death of turtles…
He was talking like a monarch not like a bureaucrat… He was morein a mood to kill me through threats, warn & unsound talk… He wastalking like a moron who had no interest in hearing out theinformation about the mass demise of turtles rather he wascountering & questioning me about my authority to retrospect suchsubject of wider wildlife significance… I let him leave to speakfor a minute or two… He even threatened me to inform my officeabout my misconduct & irresponsible action of sending SMSs & mailto the top officials & the DoEF of the State respectively withouthaving prior visit at the site where such turtles were found deadin masses…I immediately responded him that I have an assigned right as anormal citizen to protect & conserve our ecosystem… I just made arequest to inspect whether such reports were true or a rumor…When I said that I had sent some photographs as well, heimmediately countered me by saying that photographs might hadbeen taken out at other sites other than aforementioned areas… Hesaid me to provide fare to arrive in Orissa… I immediatelyresponded that it’s now your turn to inspect & if it was foundtrue, need some proper investigation & postmortem of the Deadturtles to reach at the conclusion in an advance laboratory…
He was totally in an off mood or looking scared of me so why hewas talking in loud voice to hijack the truth… I showed my firmstand by reminding him if this was a rumor, its yourresponsibility to eliminate it out… I didn’t bring this issue tothe media… I directly requested the assigned authority to inspectwhether this report of mass death of turtles reside truths orrumor… I even assured him of my full support to the Stateauthority whenever they need me, I would come to join them…Anyhow he ensured me to send a team there at the incident spotaround the various coast… He asked me the details of NDTI &thereafter I furnished him Mr. Raju’s Contact Number… He had along talk to him as well… According to Mr. Raju, Mr. J.D Sharmahad ensured him of sending a team to visit out the spot…I was astonished by the way a Bureaucrat was talking to me… Ihave lot of my friends in Indian Civil Services & Indian ForestServices but despite of whether they are very senior or of myage, never talked me the way Mr. Sharma had spoken…I reached at a conclusion that he was more eager to know whethermy official team had already visited the site or not & when hecame to know the fact he started sounding well…
As per the insurance, A Team had visited the Paradip coast siteto do the formality of burying out to dispose out the body ofdead turtles… The NDTI Members reached at the spot of inspection& found that there was no high official in the team… They aresimple rangers who had been ordered to hide the evidence byburying out the dead species defending their operation on theground of offering immunity to the rest of the coastalbiodiversity in particular to the turtles against any furtherinfection… So they buried about 100 of turtles at the Paradipcoast alone but they didn’t visit the other site where such massdemise were being reported…While talking to one of the ranger over mobile, he denied of suchdeaths were either by infection or by any hazardous chemical… Hementioned that the entire Coast of Orissa were of steep slope &during high tide, such incidences often happen… Such spineless &toothless explanation stunned me… I was amazed by the way an in-expertise ranger had been denying such mass death of turtleswithout going through any postmortem or laboratory report…They buried out the dead remains of turtles on that day…
Next Day, the officials under pressure of local NGO in particularto NDTI ensured to carry out the dead body of the turtle for thefurther postmortem & its proper laboratory analysis… but evenafter over 25 days, no medical report as such has either beenhanded over to the NDTI representative or the media…There were reports of repeated incidences of such brutal massdemise of the world most popular Ridley Olive Turtles were comingon 02-01-2013… No further inspection or visit either, by any ofthe official or normal wildlife employee…However NDTI, a local NGO has still been pressurizing the highofficials through tendering its push to either electronic mediasupport or print media assistance but the dumb & deaf paralyzedbureaucracy has almost set aside this issue of greaterbiodiversity importance…Its been the strict violation of UnitedNations Convention on Biological Diversity…
Joint inspection with Forest Range Officer and NDTICoordinators18 December 2012 · ·Taken at Paradip Port OrissaOn date 18-12-2012 a joint inspection was held at Paradip Seabeach with a Forest Range Officer and his team and our NDTICoordinators. On 25 Meters we have buried 20 Turtles togetherwith Forest Department staffs. We made the point that the causeof large scale animal death must be investigated by the ForestDepartment before we blame any party for this disaster. Now wehave to bury the dead Turtles to prevent a possible infection ofothers, so our work will continue for some days.
Reluctant State Environmental Governance Lack of Ecological Moral UnderstandingsI am very much disappointed by the way the Department ofEnvironment & Forest, Orissa has so far conducted the wholeexercise of hiding & hijacking the existence evidence… They areexercising to suppress the information by the mis-use of theGovernment Machinery… The State Principal Forest Conservator hasno idea of Rumor & Risk Management… He tries to misuse hisassigned responsibility by suppressing the informants rather thanappreciating the Environmental servants… I am still unable tounderstand how such officer understands himself above than law &constitution of India…Why the DoEF has still been failed so far to produce thelaboratory report to trace out the reason of such mass-scaledeath disaster of turtles?Why such officers are not working under the assigned norms ofWildlife Protection laws & International Convention on BiologicalDiversity?Does a common man not raise his/her voice against such issue ofwider ecological significance?
I appreciate Nature Drive Trust of India efforts towards raising& fighting out against such significant issues of greaterEcological biodiversity conservation & protection… Such effortswould bring wider civic awareness towards conserving the diverseecological species through strengthening the Human & Ecosystemrelationship…The Bureaucrats should understand the Economics of Ecosystem &Biodiversity through carrying forward their moral responsibilitytowards conserving our ecological rich biodiversity…._______________________________*******---------------------------