*181. SHRI RAMDAS C. TADAS:
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:
(a) the status of implementation of the Project Tiger in the country;
(b) the total funds released for the Project Tiger since 2014, year and State-wise;
(c) whether for want of adequate funds, certain States especially Maharashtra have not been able to effectively implement the above project and if so, the details thereof; and
(d) whether the Government proposes to provide sufficient funds for the Project Tiger in the country including Maharashtra and if so, the funds proposed to be released in this regard, State-wise?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE (SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)
(a), (b), (c) & (d) :- A statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a), (b), (c) & (d) OF THE LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. *181 ON PROJECT TIGER DUE FOR REPLY ON 29.11.2016
(a) 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.
(b) 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.
(c) No Sir. Adequate funds have been provided to the tiger range States for various activities prescribed under the Tiger Conservation Plan of respective tiger reserves. Funding assistance is provided to the tiger range States / tiger reserves under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Project Tiger and is based on Annual Plan of Operations (APOs) received from the concerned States.
(d) Sufficient funds have been provided to the tiger reserves, inter alia including those of the State of Maharashtra. The funds provided during the last three years and the current year to tiger range States and tiger reserves respectively are at Annexure-II(a) & II(b).