The Union Cabinet today approved the creation of four posts in the rank of Inspector General of Forests for the three Regional Offices and Headquarters of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). This decision, in conjunction with the recent decision to set up 3 regional offices of the NTCA in Nagpur, Guwahati and Bengaluru is expected to give a major boost to India’s tiger conservation efforts.
Welcoming the decision, the Minister of State (I/C), Shri Jairam Ramesh said: “This is a great step forward. There was a crying need for decentralization so that we can enhance the monitoring of our conservation efforts and improve the quality and timeliness of support we give the field directors of our 39 tiger reserves across the country. There is no doubt that today’s decision will strengthen the capacity of the NTCA to deliver on its mandate, and provide new teeth to our tiger conservation efforts.”