Sonowal distributes appointment letters to 90 in Special Rhino Protection Force; Security mechanism of Kaziranga National Park to protect wild lives from poachers

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GUWAHATI, July 11: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday gave away appointment letters to 90 constables who will form the crux of Special Rhino Protection Force raised by the state government.

The newly recruited constables would maintain liaison with the higher ups of the security mechanism of the Kaziranga National Park to form a team to protect the wild lives from poachers. Assam government has decided to raise Special Rhino Protection Force from the local youth hailing from the fringe areas of the Kaziranga National Park in view of dangers posed by poaching of rhinos. The force would be exclusively used at Kaziranga National Park, Orang National Park and Manas National Park.

“Strengthening the forest protection mechanism by regular appointments and imparting technical training to employees are essential for sustainable management of forest and environment conservation. The recruitment of 90 youth as constables through rigorous recruitment process will help in adding teeth to our efforts of rhino protection,” the chief minister said while distributing the appointment letters.

Sonowal said, “Protecting rhinos along with other wild lives are our commitment and raising the Special Force is a step towards protecting our rhinos from the scourge of poaching”.

Sonowal also said that the newly recruited constables should maintain constant liaison with the higher ups of the security mechanism of Kaziranga National Park to form a formidable team for the protection of wild lives.

He said that the government has devised a well laid out mechanism for their training, using latest technology to the appointees for their capacity building. Sonowal also urged them to develop a spirit of discipline, punctuality, dutifulness and commitment to take the protection measure altogether to a great height.

Speaking on the slew of measures that the state government has put in place for protection of rhinos and other wild lives, the chief minister said that the government has formed fast track courts to bring the perpetrators of wild life crime to justice. He also said that the newly raised Special Rhino Protection Force would be a new face of the State government’s efforts towards protection of wild lives in the state especially rhinos.

He at the same time assured all government assistance in empowering Special Rhino Protection Force to help them to live up to their mandate.

Speaking on the occasion, minister of state for environment and forest Naba Kumar Doley gave an overview of different measures that the government has taken for Kaziranga National Park and other National Parks and Wild life sanctuaries and reserve forests in the state.  Principal Chief conservator of forests NK Basu also spoke on the occasion.

Legal advisor to chief minister Santanu Bharali, MLA Rituporno Baruah, additional chief secretary (environment and forest) Alak Kumar and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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