2128. SHRI A.U. SINGH DEO:
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:
(a) the number of instance of wildlife poaching and man-animal conflict in the last year, particularly in tiger reserves;
(b) whether the Government has identified risk zones for poaching and conflict in tiger reserves and undertaken measures to reduce incidences, if yes, the details, if not, why not;
(c) whether the Government plans to launch a drone monitoring project to combat wildlife poaching, if yes, the details thereof and timeline of implementation?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE (SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)
(a) & (b) The day to day management and administration of wildlife falls in the domain of field formations of the State Governments. Details of poaching and death of wild animals due to man-animal conflict is not compiled at the level of Ministry. However, as reported by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, the number of tiger deaths during the last year due to confirmed poaching including seizures is 12.
The Government of India through the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of 'Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats’, ‘Project Tiger’, ‘Project Elephant’ provides financial and technical assistance to State/UT Governments for the protection and conservation of wildlife and its habitats.
(c) As informed by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, drones have been pilot tested in Panna Tiger Reserve and permission for extending its use in 13 other tiger reserves [Corbett (Uttarakhand), Dudhwa (Uttar Pradesh), Ranthambhore (Rajasthan), Panna (Madhya Pradesh), Melghat (Maharashtra), Similipal (Odisha), Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam (Andhra Pradesh & Telangana), Bandipur (Karnataka), Sathyamangalam (Tamil Nadu), Parambikulam (Kerala), Kaziranga (Assam), Namdapha (Arunachal Pradesh) and Sundarbans (West Bengal)], as per requirement, have been obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Civil Aviation and Ministry of Defence subject to fulfillment of certain terms and conditions.