Actor Amitabh Bachchan has agreed to become the state ambassador for the ‘Save the Tiger’ campaign and promote tiger tourism. The actor sent a formal letter to the state government Monday accepting its proposal and invite, Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said.
On July 29, Mungantiwar had written to Bachchan and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar requesting them to act as brand ambassadors for the state government’s ambitious tiger conservation projects. “Your expansive letter has educated me greatly on not just the tiger reserves within the state of Maharashtra but also the finer points on the importance of this campaign,” Amitabh wrote to Mungantiwar. “…I wish to accept your kind offer to render my services towards the state government’s initiative for tiger conservation. This (letter) may kindly be treated as my consent to represent the state of Maharashtra as its Tiger Ambassador,” he added.
Maharashtra, with six tiger reserves, has 190 tigers as per the 2014 census. The state has recorded a steady rise in tiger population from 103 in 2006 to 169 in 2010 and 190 in 2014, as reported in the Tiger Estimation conducted every four years. The letter also spelt out the initiatives the state government had taken to protect tigers and nab inter-state poaching gangs.