Raajsthan Chief minister (CM) Ashok Gehlot launches 'Project Godawan' to save the Great Indian Bustards (GIB) from getting extinct at Sudasari closure at Desert National Park in Jaisalmer district. He stayed there for nearly one-and-a-half hours and saw nearly 12 Godawan. Once in contention for being nominated as the national bird of India, the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) is now on the brink of extinction with just 200 or so left in the wild. Rajasthan will implement a state-level action plan for the recovery of the state bird, known locally as the Godavan. The state is currently home to the largest global population of the bird. The bird also survives in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Rajasthan Government has decided to spend `13 crore to save the habitat of the nearly-extinct Great Indian Bustards (GIBs). Of the 200 such birds left in the country, 120 are in Rajasthan. It is also the state bird of Rajasthan. Rajasthan Forest Minister Bina Kak announced recently that `4.45 crore would be provided this year for the project, which involved habitat conservation and creation of water resources and an anti-poaching force among others. “We have been pushing for the project for long. We have campaigned in many states to create awareness and to get the governments to start the project.... It is hard to tell how many Rajasthanis have seen their state bird,” said an advocacy officer with the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS). The BNHS proposal to the state government to conserve the species has been approved.