Project Great Indian Bustard (GIB) Announced by Govt of Rajasthan

Rajasthan being addressed as the continent of Great Indian Bustard-GIB. Being the largest bird of the well-known bustard family mostly prefer grasslands and scrublands as their most preferable destinations.


Govt. of Rajasthan came forward to rescue Great Indian Bustard by announcing a clean chit for 12 Crore -"Project - Great Indian Bustard" specifically for retrieving the population of different avian species. 


The Great Indian Bustard is one of the heaviest flying bird species in the world. They can weight upto 15kg and can attain height up to one meter. GIB has been observed as frequent visitors of grasslands. The latest reports confirm the population of these creatures are centric to 200 numbers only out of which 100 are expected to found in Rajasthan. The numbers very well elaborate that they are very near to extinction in the upcoming decades. This will turn Great Indian Bustard-GIB among the first Indian super species to fade off after the great Cheetah. 

As per combined survey reports the population graph of Great Indian Bustard-GIB is around 1500-2000 no's in the 1980s.GIB was found to be spread throughout the western belt of India. With uncontrolled chasing and declining prairies, their population got diminished.

Researchers suggested the installation of Bird Flight Diverter as a impactful solution in the said cause.

In July 2011 the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared all winged creatures as endangered species.

This alarming statement by IUCN creates a huge panic in the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). Immediately MOEF created an animal varieties retrieval program to save Great Indian Bustard-GIB, Lesser Florican, Bengal Florican, three of the four bustard species found in India. A year back all these three species have been indigenous to Indian fields and were found near to the edge of elimination.


The said retrieval program is considered to be more in books rather than to be implemented. As per some MoEF sources, the last form of the rules for the recuperation program is yet to be printed and must be communicated within the states. 


The tendency of the government for maintaining the nature of pendency could cost dearly for the flying species. An initiative was taken a month ago by a few influential personalities, encouraging the central clergyman of Rajasthan to start a campaign for securing winged animals. The population of winged animals in Rajasthan is extremely crucial for the said retrieval program. As per the available research, the population of these species are restricted to below 10 in different states. It's not a very easy task to lead the retrieval program with limited population.