Feb 28, 2015
NEW DELHI: The Government on Thursday said there has been a delay in setting up of special tiger protection force (STPF) by the states and they are being constantly reminded in this regard.
Environment minister Prakash Javadekar also termed tiger conservation in the country a “success” and said the recent assessment of status of tigers in 2014 has shown a countrywide of 30 per cent increase of tiger numbers which has reached an estimated 2,226. “Based on the recommendation of the tiger task force, it was initially decided that the STPF would be deployed in 13 sensitive tiger reserves of the country having considerable source population of tigers. “Against a total of 47 tiger reserves at present and 13 sensitive tiger reserves, STPF has been raised, armed and deployed in four tiger reserves namely Bandipur (Karnataka), Tadoba-Andhari and Pench (Maharashtra) and Similipal (Odisha),” Javadekar said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha. STPF is a dedicated force for protecting wildlife and mitigating human-animal conflict. He said that the 13 reserves were Ranthambore (Rajasthan), Dudhwa (UP), Corbett (Uttarakhand), Bandipur (Karnataka), Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench ((MP), Tadoba-Andhari and Pench (Maharashtra), Similipal (Odisha), Kaziranga (Assam), Pakke (Arunachal Pradesh) and Mudumalai (TN).