Published on: January 6, 2022
NATIONAL TIGER CONSERVATION AUTHORITY
19th Meeting of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) held
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MEET
- Action Plan for Introduction of Cheetah in India unveiled,50 Cheetahs to be introduced in various Parks over 5 years
- Government working on a futuristic and multi-pronged strategy for next decade of tiger conservation in the country
- The Wildlife Protection Amendment Act, 2006 provides for the constitution of the National Tiger Conservation Authority
- Following a recommendation of the Tiger Task Force.
- Administers Project Tiger.
- Tiger reserves in India are administered by field directors as mandated by NTCA.
- No alteration in the boundaries of a tiger reserve shall be made except on a recommendation of the NTCA and the approval of the National Board for Wild Life.
- No State Government shall de-notify a tiger reserve, except in public interest with the approval of the NTCA and the approval of the National Board for Wild Life.
- NTCA was set up under the Chairmanship of the Minister for Environment and Forests.
- The Authority will have
- eight experts having qualifications in wildlife conservation and welfare tribals,
- 3 MPs,
- The Inspector-General of Forests, in charge of project Tiger, will be ex-officio Member Secretary
Functions of NTCA
- The Authority lays down standards, guidelines for tiger conservation in the Tiger Reserves, National Parks and Sanctuaries.
- The Tiger Conservation Authority would be required to prepare an Annual Report, which would be laid in the Parliament along with the Audit Report.
- State-level Steering Committees will be set up in the Tiger States under the Chairmanship of respective Chief Ministers.
- This has been done with a view for ensuring coordination, monitoring and protection of tigers in the States.
- A provision has been made for the State Governments to prepare a Tiger Conservation Plan.
- Provision will be made for the States to establish a Tiger Conservation Foundation, based on the good practices emanating from some tiger reserves.