Shrinkage of forest land is genesis of all wildlife related crimes: Assam CM
Interacting with the lady forest officers in the conference room of his office in Assam Secretariat on Thursday, Sonowal said that the fact that forest land is shrinking is a cause of concern as most of the problems are precipitating from the shrinkage of forest lan.
“Encroachment is one of the reasons leading to shrinking of forest land,” Sonowal said.
In this context, he called upon the forest officers to put ‘protection of forest land’ into their agenda of priorities and asked the lady forest officers to take a proactive role for the assessment of forest properties and formulating a working plan for the same.
Terming that a good relation between forest officials and the people living in fringe areas is vital for the protection of wild lives, Sonowal asked the Forest Officers to build a synergy with the local people who can serve as a deterrent against wild life related crimes.
He also asked the officers to work innovatively to create employment avenues for the local youths and stated that with this intention the Government has decided to keep the Kaziranga National Park open for eight months for tourists on experimental basis.
Sonowal also emphasised on winning the hearts of the people living along the fringe areas so as to create a shield against wild life crimes including poaching.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)