Tiger action plans at work
NEW DELHI: The National Tiger Conservation Authority has identified 273 villages to be relocated from the core areas of tiger reserves as part of conservation efforts. These are situated in 28 reserves in 17 States.
Speaking at the release of a compilation of Tiger Action Plans drawn up by 12 tiger range countries, Rajesh Gopal, member-secretary, NTCA, said so far only one village in the Sariska Tiger Reserve had been relocated. The 21 families shifted were each given a two-room house, 6.25 bighas of land and Rs. 84,000.
Mr. Gopal was confident that India had put the tiger on the path of recovery, despite some constraints. But he said the data from the tiger census were not too encouraging. The census done in four States ? Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan ? released a couple of months ago had shown a sharp decline in the numbers over the past five years, though the methodology of the census had changed.
The nationwide figures of the census are expected to be released this month.
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