PM Modi said that this is a project which no one thinks of political importance.
PM Modi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Namibia after eight cheetahs were brought to the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. Recalling the continuous efforts to bring cheetahs back to the country, PM Modi said that there was no political gain, but the government worked for years to ensure that cheetahs return to India after more than 70 years. . Also, PM Modi said that these cheetahs are our guests. Let them make Kuno their home.
'It was unfortunate to declare cheetahs extinct in the country'
PM Modi said that it is unfortunate that cheetahs were declared extinct in the country in 1952 but for decades no meaningful effort was made to bring them back. He further said that today when we are celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of freedom, the country has started rehabilitating cheetahs with new energy. Amrit is that which brings back even the dead. On the occasion of Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, we are able to bring back the extinct cheetahs.
'Searched for the best place then chose Kuno National Park'
PM Modi said that this is a project which no one thinks of political importance. But still, we made constant efforts. We made a detailed cheetah action plan. Our scientists worked with experts from Namibians. They went to South Africa, their experts came here. We searched for the best place for these cheetahs in India and then the Kuno National Park was chosen.
Congress party said that we had prepared Project Cheetah
At the same time, the Congress party said that it was under our government that Project Cheetah was prepared and approved in 2008-09. As PM Modi released the cheetahs on Saturday, Congress MP Jairam Ramesh said the PM hardly accepts continuity in governance. The latest example is the Cheetah project going back to my trip to Cape Town on 25.04.2010, he tweeted. The spectacle organized by the PM today is inappropriate and another diversion from pressing national issues and the #BharatJodi Yatra.