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Special Tiger Protection Force to be set up in Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar, Feb 21: In a move aimed at boosting conservation efforts in the largest forested state of the north east, the Arunachal Government is setting up a Special Tiger Protection Force and a memorandum of Understanding has been signed on Tuesday between the state government and the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

This special force will consist of 336 trained personnel who will be deployed in the frontier state’s three tiger reserves- Namdapha, Kamlang, and Pakke.

According to the MoU, the NTCA will provide funding support for raising, arming, and deploying the special tiger protection force to protect tigers in all the state’s tiger reserves, with funding split 90:10 between the Centre and the state government.

Unlike many other states, Arunachal Pradesh did not have a dedicated tiger protection force despite having three tiger reserves.

A total of 112 personnel will be deployed in each of the three tiger reserves.

Concerns over tiger protection in the state increased after the tiger census conducted in 2022 found a decrease from 29 tigers in 2018 to only nine in 2022 across the three tiger reserves.

The primary objectives of the STPF will be to protect and safeguard the assets of the Environment, Forest, and Climate Change department, including those of the tiger reserves, by preventing the poaching of tigers and other wildlife.

It is worth mentioning that in October last year, the state cabinet approved the establishment of the special tiger protection force following the guidelines of the NTCA.

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