CCEA approves implementation of Project Tiget at Rs. 6 billion

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New Delhi, Jan 30 : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today gave its approval for continued implementation of the ongoing centrally sponsored 'Project Tiger' during the XI Five Year Plan at an estimated cost of Rs.600 crore (Rs 6 billion).

The scheme includes additional components, namely, rehabilitation/resettlement of denotified tribes/communities involved in traditional hunting, mainstreaming livelihood and wildlife concerns in forests outside tiger reserves and fostering corridor conservation through restorative strategy to arrest fragmentation of habitats, enhanced village relocation/rehabilitation package for people living in core tiger habitats apart form settlement of rights.

Safeguards/retrofitting measures in the interest of wildlife conservation, providing basic infrastructure for strengthening the National Tiger Conservation Authority and establishing a monitoring lab in the Wildlife Institute of India, establishment and development of eight new tiger reserves, provision of project allowance to ministerial staff working in tiger reserves and fostering ecotourism are other components of the scheme.

The implementation of the scheme would benefit in protection and conservation of tiger in wildlife reserves as per the recommendations of Tiger Task Force, curbing unlawful activities in tiger reserves, providing inviolate space for tiger in core tiger habitats, mainstreaming tiger conservation in the landscape and to provide conditions for increase in tiger population in the country.

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