Fast funds for tiger reserves
A STAFF REPORTER
Guwahati, Aug. 17: The Centre will transfer funds to the three tiger reserves through the Tiger Conservation Foundation, set up recently, instead of routing it through Dispur.
A senior forest official said a notification aimed to expedite funds for tiger conservation was issued on Friday and forwarded to Manas, Kaziranga and Nameri tiger reserves for getting feedback of the officials of the three national parks.
“There should not be much of a problem as there is a proper procedure for transferring funds from the Centre directly to the tiger reserves,” he said.
The delay on the part of state government to send the money to the tiger reserves has necessitated the move.
The foundation will facilitate and support the management for conservation of tigers and biodiversity and also take initiatives in eco-development through people’s participation.
The governing body of the foundation will consist of the minister in charge of wildlife as president and 11 other members.
There will be tiger conservation foundations at the three tiger reserves in a day or two as the foundations will have to get registered under the Societies and Registration Act.
At the tiger reserve level, the head of the governing body will be an MLA.
The official said the amount would now directly go into the account of the particular tiger reserve conservation foundation to avoid any hindrance.
The financial rules state that a foundation shall maintain proper accounts and prepare annual returns comprising receipts and payments and statement of liabilities in prescribed forms.
The accounts of a foundation shall be audited annually by a qualified chartered accountant or any agency approved by the governing body and the audited accounts shall be placed before the governing body for its discussion and approval.
The Centre will provide funds only for specific development under the Project Tiger scheme.
A foundation will have to generate money for taking care of itself.
The sources of funds for running the affairs of a foundation will be income generated from tourist entry fees, charges for the services rendered at the tiger reserves, contributions from different national and international agencies for supporting specific projects as permitted by law, grants-in-aid, donations or assistance of any kind from individuals or organisations, including other countries and external agencies as permitted by law and any other activity permitted by law and in conformity with the rules of the foundation.