Vijay Pinjarkar, TNN | Jul 30, 2013, 07.06 AM IST
NAGPUR: Although Maharashtra has become the only state in India which has done something substantial for tiger conservation in the last decade, the same measures have also attracted poachers, leading to the maximum number of poaching incidents in the past three years.

The state has declared seven new tiger sanctuaries and a conservation reserve in the last three years and brought 990 sq km area under sanctuaries. These new sanctuaries are located at very strategic locations for breeding and safe dispersal of tigers. No other states in India has declared so many sanctuaries to provide additional area to tigers.

The state government also relocated 17 villages from core areas of tiger-bearing protected areas (PAs) and provided 1,845 hectares of core area for the safe breeding of tigers. No other state in India has implemented village relocation programme for tigers so successfully...

The state has also recruited more forest guards, foresters and range forest officers (RFOs). They have also filled vacant posts and promoted staff among all cadres. No other state has taken such drive to provide better protection to tigers and their prey. The Principal Secretary (forests) Praveen Pardeshi, has ensured the recording of every poaching case so that precautionary measures can be taken.

However, although all this is being done, the Satpuda Foundation considers that government has failed to put in place an effective mechanism to prevent wildlife poaching and trade in Maharashtra.

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