In last three years the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) released Rs.34.39crore for conservation of Asiatic Lion in Gujarat.
More,Rs.488.58crore was released under ‘Project Tiger’ and Rs. 48.71 crore was released under ‘Project Elephant’ in various states of the county.
The good news is that the population of lion, tiger and elephant has shown increase over past few years.Prakash Javadekar, minister of state (independent charge) for environment, forests and climate change, stated in Rajya Sabha on December 18, 2014 in reply to the question raised by member of Rajya Sabha Mr. Parimal Nathwani.
The minister in his reply stated that under ‘Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats’ lot of funds were released for different purposes-10.39crore for conservation of lions in 2012-13,while under 13th finance commission Rs.12crore was released in 2012-13 and 13-14 each.
Of total Rs. 488.58 crore sanctioned under ‘Project Tiger’, Rs. 4.43 crore was meant for Jharkhand, while Rs. 48.71 was sanctioned for ‘Project Elephant’ in last three years.In all,Rs 2.14 crore was given to Jharkhand, said Mr. Javadekar.
He also stated that Rs. 206.09 crore was paid under CSS – Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats in last three years.Of this sum,Rs. 16.91 crore was sanctioned for Gujarat and Rs. 2.80 crore for Jharkhand.