With an increase of nearly 33% since the last census in 2014, the total tiger count has touched 2,967, according to the All India Tiger Estimation Report 2018, released by Prime Minister NarendraModi.
Lauding the efforts of conservation, PM Modi said, “It was decided in St. Petersburg that target of doubling tiger population would be 2022, we achieved it 4 years in advance.”
PM Modi said that his government is committed to taking all possible steps and supporting all efforts to protect the tiger.
As per the tiger count maintained by the government, the population of the Asian cat has been increasing at a rate of 6% per annum when consistently sampled areas were compared from 2006 to 2018. The population was recorded at 1,411, which increased to 2,226 in 2014. As per the latest count, it is now estimated to be 2,967.
“Nine years ago it was decided in St. Petersburg that the target of doubling the Tiger population would be 2022, we in India completed the target 4 years earlier. This is one of the finest examples of Sankalp se siddhi (attainment through resolve),” said PM Modi after he released the fourth edition of the census, “Today,we can proudly say that with nearly 3,000 tigers, India is the safest places for tigers in the world.”
Madhya Pradesh registered a substantial increase in their tiger population with an estimate of 526 tigers compared to 308 in 2014. The state is followed by Karnataka with 524 tigers. The two states have the highest population of the predator.
The numbers have also increased in Uttrakhand, where the tiger count stands at 442, followed by Maharashtra (312) and Tamil Nadu (264).
However, the poor and continuing decline in tiger status in the states of Chhattisgarh and Odisha is a matter of concern. The number has come down from 46 to 19 in Chhattisgarh, while in Odisha it remains at 28. “Loss in North East is due to poor sampling,” stated the report.
India accounts for nearly 75% of the total tiger population (3,159 adult free-ranging tigers) in the world which is largest for any country. Therefore, the future of tigers as a species, as well as the success of the Global Tiger Recovery Plan at meeting its targets, depends on successful tiger recovery in India.
“India has achieved a historic milestone. On Global Tiger Day, we reaffirm our commitment to conserve tiger population in the country. We are doing whatever we can to save conserve the majestic animal,” said Modi calling upon heads of other countries to form an alliance of global leaders and erase the demand for illegal poaching in Asia.