Maneka member of revamped tiger conservation body
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Last Updated: Monday, September 21, 2009, 18:46
New Delhi: The Centre has reconstituted the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) with prominent animal rights activist and BJP MP Maneka Gandhi as one of its members who had, incidentally, opposed the Bill which paved way for its setting up in 2006.

Gandhi had objected to powers being given to 'Gram Sabha' under the last minute amendments in the Wildlife Protection Act in 2006 which led to the setting up of TCA and termed the legislation as "the worst Bill since 1947, which would kill tigers."

However, when contacted, Gandhi said despite being a "bad Bill" she finally supported it as "at least it was a step further to save the wildlife. As a member, I am yet to fathom how can I contribute in conservation of endangered animals which are on the verge of extinction."

Headed by Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, the TCA has eight wildlife experts besides two Members of Parliament namely Rajya Sabha MP Santosh Bagrodia and Gandhi.

Wildlife experts Brijendra Singh, Valmik Thapar, P K Sen, Prakash Mulidhar Amte, Urmila Pingle, K Ullas Karanth, Samar Singh and Aparjita Dutta are also members.

The Authority has been set up under the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Act, 2006, as recommended by the Tiger Task Force at the initiation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The authority which was reconstituted early this month was first set up in 2006 and deliberates on several issues relating to 38 tiger reserves spread across 17 states covering anti-poaching, infrastructure and man-animal conflict.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, September 21, 2009, 18:46

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