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Environment Ministry: Over Rs 33 crore project to save endangered great Indian Bustard

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Environment Ministry Over Rs 33 crore project to save endangered great Indian Bustard

There are currently only 130 great Indian bustards left in the whole country. This has led the environment ministry to initiate a project of Rs 33 crore to save the endangered species. The project is all about the conservation and protection of the species. This was told by Environment Ministry to Lok Sabha on this Friday.

Responding to a query on measures taken to protect the Indian bustard, one of the heaviest birds listed under critically endangered species, Union Minister of state for environment, Babul Supriyo said:

“The ministry was providing funds to states and Union territories for conservation and protection of 21 critically endangered species, including the great Indian bustard.”

Supriyo also added in his written response:

“The ministry, through its centrally sponsored scheme-integrated development of wildlife habitats, provides funds to states or Union territories under the component ‘Species recovery program’ for conservation and protection of 21 critically endangered species, including the great Indian bustard.”

He said that the ministry has undertaken a project called Habitat Improvement and Conservation Breeding of Great Indian Bustard-An Integrated Approach. The ministry is going to provide Rs 33.85 crore for the implementation of the project for five years from the ad hoc Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority for conservation, breeding of the endangered species with technical support from the wildlife institute of India.

The minister said:

“The important objective of this program is to build up the captive population of great Indian bustard and to release the chicks in the wild for increasing the population. Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra are the important range states involved in this program.”

The government has provided over Rs 7.9 crore to Maharashtra and Rajasthan for the conservation of great Indian bustard under the CSS-IDWH in the last few years.

Based on government figures, Maharashtra received Rs 4.79 crore between 2015 and 2019, while Rajasthan received Rs 3.12 crore.

However, on a question on the role of noise pollution in endangering the Indian bustard, the ministry commented the government does not recognize any such cause.

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