Tiger conservation, a high priority for the government, says Ahluwalia

New Delhi, Mar. 24 (ANI): The Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, told a gathering here on Thursday that tiger conservation is a matter of high priority for the Central Government.

“Well, you know, that’s a normal process. At the time of a budget certain decisions get made from the total availability particularly new schemes (programmes). I mean ministry is very often, have very optimistic assumptions about the rate that ministry can spend. But at the dual thing that the whole issue of conservation for tigers is very high on priority and in the course if the year, you know, there is always, say, it’s quite possible that we can allocate more, if the ministry demonstrates its ability to absorb the resources of funds,” Ahluwalia said.

The Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand has a tiger population of around 160, which makes it the last and most important bastion of this endangered species in India.

Taking into account the last tiger census figure held in 2009-10, which was 1411, wildlife experts say tigers could become extinct in 20 years. (ANI)

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