SUBJECT :Aiming to promote eco-tourism, the UP government has decided to set up Tiger Protection Foundations in three forest ranges, including Dudhwa. 

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), April 11, 2018: Aiming to promote eco-tourism, the UP government has decided to set up 'Tiger Protection Foundations' in three forest ranges, including Dudhwa. These will not only bring these ranges on the global map but also help in empowering tribals residing in that zone. While the first such Foundation in Dudhwa (Kheri) has been approved, these would also be up in Pilibhit and Nishangarh (Bijnore).

A decision in this regard was taken at a cabinet meeting in Lucknow on Tuesday.

Government spokesman Sidharth Nath Singh said that these Tiger Protection Foundations will be self sufficient and neither the Central not state governments would finance the project. “The Foundation will generate its own resources which could be through tourist entry fee or by organizing events or seminars. Its focus will be to promote eco-tourism and provide jobs to tribal community residing in the reserve forest zone,” Singh said.

The Foundation will be headed by a 12-member committee with Forest minister as its President. A four-member committee, headed by the Field Officer of the range, will oversee its day to day working.

In another decision, the government decided to build an integrated complex under PPP model in Kisan Co-Operative Sugar Mill, Majhaula. The mill has been closed since 2010-11.

The spokesman said that the mill has 40.38 acre of land which would be given on lease to private players for 30 years. The lease rent for first 10 years will be Rs 90 lakh which will go up to Rs 135 lakh for next decade and for 21 to 30th year the lease rent will be Rs 180 lakh.

“The private mill needs to invest Rs 260 crore in this mill which will have a sugar mill, cogeneration unit and a distillery,” Singh said.

The government also extended the tri-partite agreement from retrospective effect of November 15, 2016 which will ensure smooth functioning of thermal power plants. The tri-partite agreement was signed between UP government, RBI and Finance ministry to ensure power purchase from the PSUs.

“The agreement was signed for 15 years in 2001 but the same was not renewed in 2016. With no agreement in place, problems were creeping in. To set the house in order, the cabinet renewed the agreement from retrospective effect from November 15, 2016,” Singh said.

The cabinet also agreed the budget allocation for multi-purpose hall in Ballia. The construction of the said hall started in 2005 and even after three revisions, it was not completed. Initially the project cost was Rs 2.32 crore but in the corresponding period it went up to Rs 5.95 crore.

“The cabinet has approved additional funds and has asked the construction agency to complete the project by December 2018,” the spokesman said.