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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
20-December-2011 15:57 IST
Relocation of Villagers out of Tiger Reserves
There are 762 villages in the notified core/critical tiger habitats of various tiger reserves in the country. States has reported this in 2009-10.

The voluntary relocation of villages from the notified core/critical tiger habitat is done as per provisions contained in the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, as amended in 2006, read with the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

Since the launching of Project Tiger, till now, 105 villages have been relocated from various tiger reserves over successive plan periods. Under the ongoing Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Project Tiger during the XI Plan, central assistance is provided for village relocation with an enhanced package of Rs. 10 lakhs per family. The village relocation is done on a voluntary basis, on mutually agreed terms and conditions, vis-à-vis provisions contained in the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, as amended in 2006, read with the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

The Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan gave this information in a written reply to a question by Shri Balwinder Singh Bhunder in Rajya Sabha today.

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