Mr. Jairam Ramesh has written a letter to Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asking for more safeguard measures for Tigers in Orissa. He has suggested at-least eight measures and has also asked the Orissa Chief Minister to intervene personally. The letter has been prompted by the visit of a senior official from the National Tiger Conservation Authority to Similipal National Park, who appraised Jairam Ramesh about the situation. The letter recommends that a small contingent of the state armed force needs to be deployed in the villages on the fringes of the core zone, as these villages have the tradition of Akhand Shikar (mass hunting). The letter also advises that frontline staff of Similipal be provided with firearms and training by the local police force. Similipal is one of the first Project Tiger reserves.