Nagpur: Over 156 households have been connected to the solar mini-grid project in Ghatpendhri in the buffer zone of Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Maharashtra.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Death of tigers, 05/12/2016.

Human-nature relations are diverse, multifaceted and often contradictory, especially the relationships with animals. Mishmi people living on the Sino-India border claim tigers to be their brothers and take credit for tiger protection as they observe taboos against hunting tigers. Drawing on this notion of relatedness with tigers, local residents of the Dibang Valley question the governments’ recent plans to declare the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary into Dibang Tiger Reserve and its scientific surveys of tigers and habitat mapping.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Project Tiger, 29/11/2016. Project Tiger is implemented in 50 tiger reserves spread over 18 tiger range States of the country as of now. It is one of the most successful conservation programme in the world which has brought the endangered tiger on assured path of recovery. The total funds released to the tiger range States under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Project Tiger since 2014, year and State-wise is at Annexure-I. Sufficient funds have been provided to the tiger reserves, inter alia including those of the State of Maharashtra.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Illegal Deforestation and Mining, 29/11/2016. The Government of India through the National Tiger Conservation Authority has taken
a number of milestone initiatives to protect and conserve tiger and other wildlife. The details are at Annexure-I.

Sighting of swamp deer population, outside their sole habitat and protected zone of Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve in the state, across Ganges had been heartening news for the wildlife lovers.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Population of tigers, 28/11/2016. The assessment of the status of tigers, co-predators and their prey 2014 using the refined methodology has shown estimated number of 2226 (range 1945-2491) tigers in the country. The State-wise details are at Annexure-I. All India Tiger Estimation, 2014 has shown a countrywide 30% increase in tiger numbers with an estimated number of 2226 (range 1945-2491 tigers) as compared to 2010 estimation of 1706 (range 1520-1909 tigers).

Karnataka which accounts for one of the highest number of Royal Bengal Tigers in the country has seen 37 tiger deaths since 2013.

With massive infrastructure plans threatening all tiger landscapes and risking recent gains in tiger conservation, Asian governments must adopt a sustainable approach to infrastructure planning and construction or drive tigers toward extinction, according to a new analysis by WWF.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Protection of tigers, 21/11/2016. Based on the country level All India Tiger Estimation done once in four years, the number of tigers in different tiger range States are at Annexure-I. The tiger reserve-wise number of tigers, as per latest estimation is at Annexure-II. Several steps have been taken by the Government of India to conserve and protect tigers and other wildlife in tiger reserves, which are at Annexure-III.