“Increased number of tiger deaths for several reasons, no strict rules to reduce poaching,” said Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav

Environment, Forestry and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav on Thursday informed the Rajya Sabha that tigers are dying for a myriad of reasons such as poaching, old age, health problems, electrocution and fights between them. However, there are no strict rules to reduce poaching.

Responding to a question in the Upper House, he said the government had held meetings to incorporate strict rules against poaching and had also submitted reports on this.

Several tigers live outside designated tiger reserves. Speaking about human-tiger conflict management, he said, “I agree that there is a serious human-animal conflict problem, and we will address it in densely populated areas.”

Responding to another question, the Minister indicated that a census of tigers, based on a scientific method, is in progress.

While responding to a question from CPI(M) MP Dr. V. Sivadasan on protection against wild boars, he said that in accordance with the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act, the Chief Conservator of Forestry Officers (CCFO) had received a directive from the Ministry and the State concerned as well as the CCFO will take appropriate measures to safeguard human life.

In response to CPI member Binoy Viswam’s question on the reduction of forest cover in the country, he admitted that while a moderate decrease in forest has been recorded, there has been a significant growth in overall forest cover across the country. country.

He told the House that there are three categories of forests in India: medium, moderate and open forests and that the decrease in green cover has been noticed only in moderate forests.

Yadav also informed the Chamber that in the context of biodiversity, forests and wetlands are important and are considered the lungs and kidneys of the environment.

“Right now we have 25% forest cover and 4% wetlands. Of that 4%, one-third is in the woods and the rest is outside the forest. The government has been working for the preservation of both,” he said.

He further added that the government is also trying to preserve the world famous mangrove cover in the Sunderban of West Bengal. It is divided between India and Bangladesh and the two nations have a memorandum of understanding for the preservation of the Sunderbans.

Yadav, as Minister of Labor, also informed the House that there had been a 22% increase in employment compared to 2014. He said that the latest periodic report on labor indicated that more than two lakh jobs had been added despite Covid-19.

“Around 3,80,00,000 jobs were created in the formal sector after 2013-14,” he said.

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Posted: Thursday February 10th 2022, 5:32 PM IST

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