Congress MP Ahmed Patel has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, diverting his attention towards increasing deaths of the lions in the Gir National Park in Gujarat. In the letter, MP Ahmed Patel has appealed to the Government to 'not neglect the lions of Gujarat and treat them with the same importance given to the Tigers'. Furthermore, Ahmed Patel has urged the government to consider the request of generating a fund worth Rs 1000 crore for the conservation of the Gir Lions for launching a national level program on the lines of Project Save the Tiger.
Later, he has indicated that the 'large-scale deaths of the lions are a manifestation of negligence and the state government's prolonged mismanagement and poor oversight'.
Taking the liberty, the senior Congress leader also suggested some measure to save the existing population of lions in the wildlife sanctuary. Persisting on a fine balance between promoting tourism and conserving wildlife, he requested the prime Minister to curb the construction of illegal resorts near the national park in the state.
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He went onto suggest that both the state and centre must take immediate actions in the investments for the better medical facilities for the lions. Taking a dig at the Make in India policy of the Indian government, he stated that there is a huge shortage of medicines and trained veterinary doctors in the state's national park.
In fact, Ahmed Patel also reminded PM Modi about his suggestions given for the preservation of the lions in Gujarat's Gir National Park while he was the Chief Minister of the state.