Bhopal: Indicating that Madhya Pradesh might
not give big cats to Sariska, Forest Minister Sartaj Singh
today said there are no surplus tigers in the state.
"We do not have `surplus` tiger," Singh told reporters
The Minister`s statement assumes significance given that
Union Environment and Forest Minister, Jairam Ramesh has
written to Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra,
requesting them to `provide` a few tigers for Sariska.
However, Sartaj Singh hurriedly added that the government
has not yet received any letter from Ramesh in this
Ramesh has sought tigers from the two states, including
Madhya Pradesh having the highest big cat population, to bring
"genetic vigour" in the new big cat population being raised in
Singh said the Centre has asked the state government to
form Special Tiger Protection Force, adding that under this
three companies of 112 personnel each will be constituted and
stationed at Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench Tiger reserves.