Saluting the unseen: Forest guard to receive Tiger Award 2016

Saluting the unseen: Forest guard to receive Tiger Award 2016

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 2016-06-12 08:33 Bengaluru: Sunday could be one of the biggest days in the career of 26-year-old Pramod GS. Employed as a forest guard by the Karnataka forest department, Pramod is set to receive The Tiger Award, an initiative of “Cricketers For Tiger Conservation” movement. The award will be presented Pramod by Indian cricket all-rounder Stuart Binny at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday at3.30 pm. Apart from a citation, Pramod, who has done commendable protection work at the Billigiri Ranganathaswamy Temple tiger reserve, will be given a cash award of Rs 1 lakh. A post-graduate in political science, Pramod joined the Karnataka forest department in 2010 as a forest guard. He was posted at Nyamare of Punajanur wildlife range of BRT tiger reserve. Pramod has contributed immensely to forest conservation and wildlife protection. He has controlled poaching and forest fires in the Billigiri Ranganatha Swamy temple tiger reserve, which is home to over 50 tigers. His dedication won the confidence of senior officers and colleagues. Pramod’s heroic deeds include chasing and nabbing an elephant poacher who had escaped while being escorted to the scene of crime inside the dense ravines of the tiger reserve, seizing 3 pairs of elephant tusks in Mukapalya village, and arresting illegal teak wood smugglers. His good relationship with people living on the periphery of the tiger reserve has helped in curbing fire incidents and poaching. He has also achieved success in reducing man-animal conflict incidents by educating the local mass. The “Cricketers for Wildlife Conservation” in their citation termed Pramod as a “symbol of hope” and a “mirror to what honest attitude can do”. He stands tall amidst those who have been fighting the battle to save our glorious flora and fauna, says the citation.