New Delhi: The Narendra Modi led NDA government as per the reports is considering a proposal to make lion India’s national animal, replacing the tiger which enjoyed the coveted status since 1972.
Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand, Parimal Nathwani has sent the proposal to the environment ministry. It was then passed on to the National Board for Wild Life (NBWL), which functions under the ministry. It is packed with members from Gujarat, say sources.
A standing committee of the board, chaired by environment minister Prakash Javadekar, discussed the issue in March. “The committee requested the ministry to consider wider consultations on the matter,” said Raman Sukumar, a member of NBWL.
The idea has triggered a furore among wildlife activists who called it bizarre, saying it would dilute the campaign to save tigers and pave the way for clearance of industrial projects near tiger sanctuaries.