Ashok Gehlot addressed the 12th meeting of the State Wildlife Board and also launched Rajasthan Eco-Tourism Policy on the occasion
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday stated that the state government was planning to develop new reserves for the tiger population in order to provide a safe shelter for their protection.
The state administration, as per the chief minister, is working on a strategy to create new tiger reserves to give safe haven for the growing number of tigers in the state.
“Addressed the 12th meeting of the State Wildlife Board from VC. On this occasion, Rajasthan Eco-Tourism Policy was also launched,” the CM Ashok Gehlot said, adding, “According to the increasing number of tigers in the state, the state government is working on a plan to develop new tiger reserves to provide safe shelter.”
The National Tiger Conservation Authority has recognized the Ramgarh Wildlife Sanctuary in the Bundi area as a Tiger Reserve, which is a major accomplishment.
“It is a matter of happiness that the Ramgarh Wildlife Sanctuary in Bundi region has recently been approved by the National Tiger Conservation Authority as a Tiger Reserve. Now, it is our endeavor to promote the conservation of tigers and other wildlife in other forest areas including Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary,” Mr. Ashok Gehlot said.
The chief minister said that instructions were given to form a panel of experts related to wildlife conservation.
“Due to the increasing number of tigers in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, this group will study and suggest to shift them to other sanctuary areas and develop Mukundra Hills and Ramgarh Tiger Reserve,” he revealed.
As per the Tigers in India 2018 Report, Rajasthan has witnessed an increase of tiger population by 115% in the last 12 years. As per the report, there are at present 69 tigers in the State, compared to 45 in 2014, 36 in 2010, and 32 in the 2006 estimation.
Rajasthan stands at 9th position in India, in terms of Tiger Population.