Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Financial Assistance to Project Tiger

Financial Assistance to Project Tiger

An amount of Rs. 674.541 lakh has been sanctioned during 2010-11 for the State Government of Gujarat for conservation of lions under the project 'Consolidating long term conservation of Asiatic Lions in Greater Gir Region' under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme-'Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats'. In addition, this Ministry in the past also has been providing financial assistance to the Government of Gujarat for management of Gir Sanctuary under this scheme. Details of funds released for Gir Sanctuary during the last three years are as under:


Amount Released

(Rs. in lakhs)










The 'Project Tiger' had been launched in the country in 1973 and the project for lion conservation has been initiated under the 'Species Recovery programme' of the scheme 'Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats' (IDWH) in 2010-11. In addition, the State Government of Gujarat has been implementing own programmes for development of Gir Sanctuary and other habitats of lion for conservation of lions under the State Plan. The Government of India is seriously addressing the issues related to conservation of lions with resources available under its IDWH scheme.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan in a written reply to a question by Shri Harin Pathak , Shrimati Darshana Jardosh and Shrimati Jayshreeben Patel in Lok Sabha today.

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