Pramila’s concern over loss of vital topsoil cover, rhino death
KAZIRANGA, Dec 16 - Minister Pramila Rani Brahma has expressed concern over the continuous loss of vital topsoil cover in many places of Assam either due to floods or soil erosion.
Speaking at the sidelines of golden jubilee celebrations of Kaziranga Wildlife Society at the Forest Convention Center, Kaziranga, she laid stress on afforestation in the places which are experiencing erosion of topsoil, with some fast-growing plants to protect the soil. Fertile soil is a must for the farmers as well and also helps in conserving the natural vegetation, she said.
She also expressed serious concern over the killing of a rhino at Bagori range of the Kaziranga National Park by poachers, the carcass of which was recovered yesterday. She said that forest staff should not lower their guard even if there is no poaching for some periods. Brahma said that the forest staff and the officers must remain alert every time.
The minister also inaugurated a photo exhibition of Sanjiv Bora, a former Director of the Kaziranga National Park.
Kaziranga Wildlife Society, one of the oldest environmental NGOs of North East India will go to the masses to seek community support for the protection and conservation of forests as well as the natural wetlands.
Speaking to this correspondent at Kaziranga, the secretary of the Kaziranga Wildlife Society, Mubina Akhtar said that time has come to look into the various environmental issues at the micro-level ecosystem in the greater interest of the plants and animals (some of which are endangered as well as endemic) available at different forest habitats and naturally occurring wetlands in Assam. Akhtar also expressed her concern over the killing of a rhino at the Bagori range of Kaziranga National Park yesterday by poachers and hoped that poachers would be brought to book soon by forest staff.
Akhtar said that at various places in Assam, including parts of Upper Assam, the natural water channels of the wetlands had been blocked and then encroached by vested interests for their business and monetary gains. “This has to be stopped if we want to conserve important species of flora and fauna, some of which are micro-animals and birds and play a significant role in the maintenance of a balanced ecosystem in our living environment.
Akhtar highlighted the significant role played by Kaziranga Wildlife Society in 1972 and 1973 when this society donated six anti-poaching rifles to the Kaziranga Forest department. She said that a working plan is being made by KWS in which community-oriented programmes with regard to conservation of nature and forest would be taken up very soon.
The staff welfare society of Kaziranga National Park was felicitated by the Kaziranga Wildlife Society for their dedication in protecting wildlife in the Park.