Despite spending Rs 34.5 crore, tiger population in Chhattisgarh plummets from 46 to 19

The New Indian Express

By Ejaz Kaiser

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The big cat population in the state has gone down by 59 per cent from 46 in 2014 to 19 in 2018, according to latest reports.

RAIPUR: Despite spending Rs 34.5 crore in Chhattisgarh during the last four years in the three Tiger Reserves, the state has miserably failed on the ‘save the tiger’ mission.

For the conservation of tigers, the state has spent Rs 34.56 crore since 2015, said the state forest minister Mohammed Akbar in response to the question over tiger protection raised by the former chief minister Ajit Jogi in the ongoing Assembly session.

The big cat population in the state has gone down by 59 per cent from 46 in 2014 to 19 in 2018, according to latest reports. And the state forest department too admitted the situation is too depressing for Chhattisgarh.

Going by the extensive assessment report carried out by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) under the ministry of environment forest and climate change, that clubbed all 50 tiger reserves of the country, the Chhattisgarh state has been cited to be the least performing state.

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