New Delhi: In what will be a major morale
booster to thousands of staff deployed in the country`s tiger
reserves, government has approved their long-pending demand to
double their existing monetary allowance.
According to a senior official of National Tiger
Conservation Authority (NTCA), the revised rates of project
allowance would be applicable from September 2008.
The allowance is an incentive for officials who work
in very harsh and deficient conditions and the recent move to
double it is in keeping with Environment Minister Jairam
Ramesh`s promise made last year in this regard.
With the new order, the increase in the allowances
will be in the range of Rs 2000 to Rs 700 for field directors,
assistant directors, research officers/ veterinary officers,
forest rangers, foresters and forest guards posted in remote
There are around 39 tiger reserves in 17 states
across the country providing home to around 1,411 big cats.
The move is also expected to attract the best talent
and dedicated staff to work in the remote and rough terrain in
the tiger reserves, the NTCA official said.
The government has also been taking steps to ensure
staff welfare inputs like residential accommodation for the
children of frontline staff in nearby towns and villages and
other basic needs.