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This week's Policy Focus: Project Cheetah

  • What: The Government formerly launched the Project Cheetah, which is an attempt to re-introduce the species in the country, on 17 September in Kuno National Park, Madhya Pradesh.

  • Why: This project has been undertaken after Cheetahs went extinct from the Indian sub-continent in the 1950s. To ensure their revival so as to better the ecosystem, the project had been initiated back in 2008-09.

  • How: Five male and three female cheetahs were flown from Namibia to Jaipur in a special Boeing 747-400 aeroplane in more than 20 hours. Along with the animals, the team from the Namibian Cheetah Conservation Foundation (CCF) also arrived.

  • Opposition response: Congress said the proposal for 'Project Cheetah' was prepared in 2008-09 and approved by the then Manmohan Singh-led UPA government. The opposition party also said that in 2013, the Supreme Court had stayed the project, and in 2020, that the apex court allowed it.