The Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) of India has rapped the state government for severe lapses in management of tiger reserves across the state. In its report for the year March 2018, CAG observed that apex level interventions for enabling policy decisions and implementation of major initiatives with regard to protection and conservation of tigers were ineffective.
Tiger Conservation Plans, which play a crucial role in the formulation of management strategy for 10 years, were non-existent in two tiger reserves while in remaining four tiger reserves the plans were delayed for 2.5 to 7 years.
CAG’s scathing observations come close on the heels of state government’s admissions in the state legislature that the state has lost 30 tigers in 22 months between January 2017 and October 2018. Majority of deaths were registered in Chandrapur, Wardha, Nagpur, and Gadchiroli.