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Friday, January 20, 2006

Tiger Census - The money that disappears

NDTV reports about the inefficiency of the AP Govt in releasing the funds for Tiger Census although the Centre has transferred the money to the state govt.

" With the tiger census set to begin this week in Andhra Pradesh, the state government has not released Rs 22 lakh earmarked for the exercise.This is despite the Centre transferring the funds to the state's coffers in December.Andhra Pradesh is home to the largest tiger reserve in the country, the Nagarjunasagar Tiger Reserve.

The Centre provides Rs 65 lakh every year exclusively for the protection of tigers in this reserve, which is spread over an area of 3500 sq.km.But with just two months to go for the financial year to end, the wildlife department of the Andhra Pradesh Government has not received a single paisa.Last year, the state government released only Rs 71 lakh out of the Rs 1 crore allocated for the 27 sanctuaries and national parks in Andhra Pradesh."

P.S : I was foolish not to visit this place when I worked in Hyderabad. Planned for it a few times but it always got cancelled (Like my planned Bihar trips which never fructified).


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