Decrease in population of Indian rhinos
2755. SHRI RITABRATA BANERJEE:
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that the number of Indian rhinos have decreased in Kajiranga during the last two years;
(b) if so, the details thereof; and
(c) what measures are adopted to increase the population?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE (SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)
(a) & (b) No Sir. The population of Indian rhinos has increased from 2290 in 2012 to 2401 in 2015 in the Kaziranga Tiger Reserve. The next round of estimation is due in 2018.
(c) Several measures are taken, inter alia, including protection and habitat development for increasing the rhino population at the Kaziranga Tiger Reserve. An amount of Rs. 708.906 Lakhs, 1136.656 Lakhs and 1025.131 Lakhs has been provided by the Government of India under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Project Tiger to implement protection and habitat development activities, during last three financial years.