Says it&’s waited three years for central guidelines on rearing tigers
press trust of india
New Delhi, 21 July
The Madhya Pradesh government has been waiting for over three years for guidelines from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on the captive rearing of orphaned tiger cubs living in its reserves.
“The concept of in-situ captive rearing of orphaned tiger cubs with the ultimate aim to release them in the wild has been implemented by the state with the concurrence of NTCA but the methodology and protocols for implementation of this entirely new concept are still evolving,” former Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) P K Shukla said in a letter to NTCA.
The state government has been raising this issue with NTCA for over three years but it is yet to receive any help.
“We had written a letter in 2009 to NTCA to kindly guide us in this matter,” Mr Shukhla said in the letter, written last month.
“I would, therefore, request you again to kindly issue detailed guidelines or protocol outlining procedures to be adopted by field units in case they are confronted with a situation involving management of orphaned tiger cubs,” he added.
An absence of guidelines is leading to problems in proper rearing of the orphaned cubs in the state’s tiger reserves.
“There has been a callous attitude from the authorities in Madhya Pradesh and at the Centre. The two administrations have failed to finalise guidelines for the rearing of orphaned tiger cubs,” said Mr Ajay Dubey, an MP-based wildlife activist.
At present, Madhya Pradesh has five orphaned tiger cubs ~ three in Kanha and two in Bandhavgarh reserves.