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A Step Ahead - Jharkhand To Establish A Tiger Conservation Foundation Soon

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The dwindling population of the tigers in the Palamu Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Jharkhand is a major concern for the wildlife activists and the government. The population of the mighty big cats is on the verge of extinction in the reserve because of the poor conservation efforts and illegal poaching.

However, this all is soon going to become a thing of the past because the state is soon going to establish a Tiger Conservation Foundation.


Tiger, Photo Credit: Doug

The foundation is essentially a legal necessity that is very much required to be set up under the Wildlife Protection Act. Now a question that crops out here is when the number of the tigers is declining at an alarming rate, then why it was not set up before? Well, it was mainly due to the administrative loopholes that the foundation was not able to see the light of the day. It is not that the steps were not taken to set up, but its draft copy got rejected several times because of state government's negligence. The startling fact is that the Union ministry for forest and environment is demanding the setting up of a Tiger Conservation Foundation from the year 2008, but all their requests fell on the deaf ear of the Jharkhand government.    


Tiger Conservation Foundation Benefits


It is important that every state in India having a tiger reserve must make it a point to establish a foundation under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 that was later amended in the year 2006. The other states that have already set up a foundation are Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The foundation will really prove to be a blessing in disguise for the tigers because of the following prominent benefits: 

  • It facilitates involving local people for the protection of the tigers.
  • It can accept donations from the people and agencies (including foreign agencies) and use it for tiger conservation.
  • The funds released from the Central government would come directly to the foundation. There will be no more bureaucratic hurdles.
  • It would manage the income of the Palamu Tiger Reserve and use it for the purpose of development of the reserve.
  • It will provide incentives to the informers who give important information about the illegal tiger poaching.

Does the Tiger Conservation Foundation in Jharkhand Really Help?


If the Tiger Conservation Foundation gets the nod from the government, then yes, it will really help in maintaining the tiger population in Jharkhand. Some of the common problems such as delay in the release of funds from the forest department officials, poaching and various other bureaucratic hurdles will be totally eradicated. Once set up, the foundation will have an autonomous governing body that will be registered under the Registration of Societies Act, 1860. The forest minister will be made the president of the body, forest secretary and the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) will be given the position of the vice-president and member secretary respectively.  


Therefore, there is no doubt at all that the setting up of the Tiger Conservation Foundation will certainly take care of the declining population of the tigers in the state.


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