The UP cabinet approved the notification of Ranipur Tiger Reserve under Section 38(v) of the Wild life (Protection) Act of 1972.
GS III: Environment and Ecology
Dimensions of the Article:
- About Ranipur WS
- About the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)
About Ranipur WS
- Ranipur WS, an attraction in the Chitrakoot region of Uttar Pradesh, was established in 1977.
- Despite being 230 sq. km in size and well known for its variety of species, travellers do not typically visit due to the challenging access.
- According to the statement, the Ranipur TR contains tropical dry deciduous forests and is home to a variety of wildlife, including tigers, leopards, sloth bears, spotted deer, sambhar, chinkara, as well as a number of birds and reptiles.
- The Ranipur TR will follow Dudhwa, Pilibhit, and Amangarh as the fourth in UP (buffer of Corbett Tiger Reserve).
- Additionally, it will be the first in the state’s share of the Bundelkhand region, which it has with Madhya Pradesh’s neighbour.
The following map shows the tiger reserves in India:
Advantages of notifying as tiger reserve
- The arguments of the officials that the notification would ensure financial aid from the Centre and the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), better conservation and management of the tiger population and help generate more employment opportunities
About the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA)
- The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) was established in December 2005 following a recommendation of the Tiger Task Force, constituted by the Prime Minister of India for reorganised management of Project Tiger and the many Tiger Reserves in India.
- The Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 was amended in 2006 to provide for constituting the National Tiger Conservation Authority responsible for implementation of the Project Tiger plan to protect endangered tigers.
- The National Tiger Conservation Authority is set up under the Chairmanship of the Minister for Environment and Forests.
- The Authority will have eight experts or professionals having qualifications and experience in wildlife conservation and welfare of people including tribals, apart from three Members of Parliament of whom two will be elected by the House of the People and one by the Council of States.
- The Authority, interalia, would lay down normative standards, guidelines for tiger conservation in the Tiger Reserves, apart from National Parks and Sanctuaries.
- It would provide information on protection measures including future conservation plan, tiger estimation, disease surveillance, mortality survey, patrolling, report on untoward happenings and such other management aspects as it may deem fit, including future plan for conservation.
- The Authority would also facilitate and support tiger reserve management in the States through eco-development and people’s participation as per approved management plans, and support similar initiatives in adjoining areas consistent with the Central and state laws.
- The Tiger Conservation Authority would be required to prepare an Annual Report, which would be laid in the Parliament along with the Audit Report.
- Every 4 years the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) conducts a tiger census across India.
-Source: The Hindu