1 Mar 2008, 0218 hrs IST,TNN
KOLKATA: The forest department welcomed the Budget announcement of the creation of a special tiger protection force. Senior officials felt it will go a long way in strengthening tiger conservation in the state.
Rs 50 crore was allocated for the creation of the force.
At present, nearly 40% of ground staff posts are lying vacant across the 36 tiger reserves in the country. This, in spite of the fact that cases of tiger straying have been on the rise and the national tiger population has dwindled to 1,411.
“Hopefully, the new force will help to solve the problem. We need more people in the Sunderbans. This will help to handle situations like the one in Kultali. We welcome the decision and it couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Niraj Singhal, field director, Sunderbans Tiger Reserve. The other tiger sanctuary in the state, Buxa, also needs more people.
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