SRINAGAR: The count of tigers in India has risen to 2967 in 2018, according to the results of the fourth cycle of ‘All India Tiger Estimation – 2018’ released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on the occasion of Global Tiger Day on Monday.
According to a PIB statement issued here, Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javdekar; Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Babul Supriyo; and Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, C K Mishra, were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister described this as a historic achievement for India, and reaffirmed India’s commitment towards protecting the tiger.
He appreciated the speed and dedication with which various stakeholders worked to achieve this. He described it as one of the finest examples of Sankalp Se Siddhi.
“Once the people of India decide to do something, there is no force that can prevent them from getting the desired results,” he said. “With almost 3000 tigers, India is today among the biggest and most secure habitats.”
Modi asserted that the way ahead is “collectiveness” instead of “selectiveness.” He said that a broad-based and holistic look is essential for environmental conservation. “It is possible to strike a healthy balance between development and environment. In our policies, in our economics, we have to change the conversation about conservation,” he said.
Modi said India will build more homes for citizens and at the same time create quality habitats for animals. “India will have a vibrant marine economy and a healthier marine ecology. This balance is what will contribute to a strong and inclusive India,” he said.
“India will prosper both economically and environmentally, will build more roads, have cleaner rivers, better train connectivity and greater tree coverage,” Modi said.
PM further said that “in the last five years, while work has proceeded at a fast pace for next-generation infrastructure, the forest cover in the country has also grown”.
“There has also been an increase in the ‘protected areas’. In 2014, there were 692 protected areas, which increased to more than 860 in 2019. The ‘Community Reserves’ have also grown from 43 in 2014 to more than 100 now,” he said.
He said India is making a sustained effort to make its economy “clean-fuel based” and “renewable energy based.” He said waste and biomass are being made a big part of India’s energy security.
At the end, the prime minister called for greater efforts towards tiger conservation.
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