JAMMU: Minister of State for Cooperative Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma replying on behalf of Forest Minister to a question by Vijay Bakaya informed the House that the Hangul population stands 218 as per census for the year 2011 conducted jointly by Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradoon, SKUAST, University of Kashmir and Non-Government Organizations in 2011.
The Minister said that Union Ministry of Forests and Environment has approved a long term Hangul Conservation Action Plan (HCAP) to the tune of Rs. 22.06 crores for the five years in 2008-09. He said against the outlay, an amount of Rs. 188.62 lakh were released, of which Rs. 158.79 lakh were expended upto 2011-12. Annual plan of operation for an amount of Rs. 226.58 lakh was submitted to the Union Forest Ministry against which funds to the tune of Rs. 79.94 lakh has been approved and released by the Union Ministry, he added.
Dr. Manohar further said that in addition, Ex-situ Conservation Programme is also under implementation under the aegis of Central Zoo Authority in Shikargah, Tral under which a Conservation Breeding Centre has also been established. He said adding that against total allocation of Rs. 75.14 lakh, Rs. 70.15 stands expended for infrastructural development in collaboration with Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradoon in Breeding Centre and for capturing the founder animal for the conservation Breeding.
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