On the occasion of International Tiger Day on Monday, PM Modi released the results of the 4th cycle of the All India Tiger Estimation Report 2018. As per the figures of the tiger estimation, India achieved its target of doubling the population of the national animal of the country four years ahead of its deadline. Addressing the gathering at the event in Delhi, PM Modi said that with 3000 tigers, India is proudly one of the largest and safest tiger habitats in the world.
"Today, we can proudly say that with nearly 3000 tigers, India is one of the biggest and safest habitats in the world," he said.
As per the census, the highest number of tigers are found in Madhya Pradesh at 526, followed by Karnataka with 524 tigers and Uttarakhand with 442 tigers at number three. As per the report, the tiger population in the country has grown from 1,400 in 2014 to 2,977 in 2019.
"9 long years ago, it was decided in St. Petersburg (Russia) that the target of doubling the tiger population would be 2022. We in India completed this target four years in advance. This is the finest example of Sankalp Se siddhi (Attainment through Resolve)," he said.
The Prime Minister also requested the heads of the tiger-range countries to come together in an alliance of global leaders to firmly curb poaching and illegal trade in Asia. PM Modi also asserted that while in the last five years, the focus was on to build next generation infrastructure in the country, efforts are being made to increase in the forest cover and number of protected areas.
"In 2014, the number of protected areas were 692, the number rose to more than 860 in 2019. Similarly, the number of community reserves were 43 in 2014 and rose to more than 100 in 2019," he said.
Ending his speech on a lighter note, PM Modi gave a filmy touch, saying "The story that started with Ek Tha Tiger and then continued with Tiger Zinda Hai, should not stop there. It should be baaghon mein bahaar hai."
India conducts the All India Tiger Estimation every four years, with completion of the three cycles of the estimation earlier in 2006, 2010 and 2014. This exercise is reportedly the world’s largest wildlife survey effort in terms of coverage, intensity of sampling and quantum of camera trapping.
(With PTI inputs)