PM Modi lauds tiger conservationists on International Tiger Day
Indian forest workers watch as a rescued tigress leaps into a river at Sunderbans in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. (Photo by DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP via Getty Images)
LAUDING those who are actively working to protect the tigers, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday (29) informed that India has at present 52 tiger reserves and that innovative measures are being undertaken to involve local communities in tiger protection.
He said this on the occasion of the International Tiger Day.
The day was decided in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia. The main purpose of this day is to increase public awareness and support for tiger conservation, as well as to advocate a global system for safeguarding tigers’ natural habitats.
Taking to Twitter, Modi said, “On International Tiger Day, I laud all those who are actively working to protect the tiger. It would make you proud that India has 52 tiger reserves covering over 75,000 sq. km. Innovative measures are being undertaken to involve local communities in tiger protection.”
According to the Tiger census report of India released in 2020, India has around 70 per cent of the world’s striped cats. The report also stated that India has eight per cent of the world’s biodiversity.
Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of the eastern state of West Bengal, also tweeted on the occasion, saying, “From the land of the Royal Bengal Tiger, heartiest greetings to all on International Tiger Day. Our foresters are working tirelessly to preserve and protect the big cat and secure its environs. My best wishes.”