Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Project Tiger Budget Squeezed by Central Government

Project Tiger budget cut by central government will impact on the seriousness and results.

Project Tiger budget cut will impact on the running and upcoming projects. National wildlife protection scheme faces a financial crunch.

A recent cut in the funding by central government for Tiger Conservation Programme might prove fatal for the results and seriousness. 

Project Tiger funds reduction by the central government for all non-recurring operational costs might impose a serious digression in the progress. So far, since its inception, the central government was funding 100% of all non-recurring operational expenses. The recurring expenses were shared between central and state governments. This definitely will impose a serious threat to the project. The impact will be pretty visible on all running and upcoming activities. A large chunk was being spent on the technology front. This probably will be the most serious affected parameter. It is going to impact on the Tiger Conservation Programmer drastically.

Project Tiger Budget Squeezed by Central Government

There are a number of international forums that support India for Project Tiger. There has been a substantial progress since its inception. The growth in the number of tigers has been considerably good. It speaks of the good efforts gone into the cause. The reserves had been focussed well so far. The impact will fall on Corbett, Ranthambore, Kanha and Bandhavgarh Tiger reserves directly. The environment ministry has been directed by the central government to revise its funds with immediate effect. The current year budget also gets impacted. Project Tiger was conceived way back in 1973.

Henceforth, only 60% of the non-recurring operational expenses will be paid by central government. Rest of the non-recurring operational expenses funds and all the recurring expenses will have to be borne by the respective state government. The last budget of Rs. 600 crore is getting reduced. There are 48 reserves in 18 states that were brought under the national wildlife protection scheme. The state governments will have either to reduce recurring and non-recurring expenses under the Project Tiger. Or they will have to shred off certain important activities to save the bucks. 
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