Assam: The Environment & Forest Department authorities have filed FIR in oppositi on to Executive Member of Tangla Municipal Board for his motion resulting in killing of scores of egrets at Jalukbari space beneath Ward No.1 in Assam’s Udalguri district.
Following directive from Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma to investigate into the incident of killing of egrets on Friday, Environment and Forest Minister, Parimal Suklabaidya directed Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Amit Sahai to probe into the incident and submit a report instantly.
Divisional Forest Officer, Dhansiri Forest Division, Udalguri, NK Bordoloi investigated into the incident and located that Executive Member, Tangla Municipal Board, Shantanu Das, had served notices on June 8 to 5 residents of Ward Nos.1 and a pair of to clear the bamboo groove nesting the egrets and their fledglings because the ‘droppings of birds have been ‘creating unhygienic setting which can improve the danger of COVID-19 an infection within the space’. Scores of birds have been killed when the bamboo groove was hewn by municipal staff.
Meanwhile, the Forest authorities have filed an FIR in opposition to the Executive Member of the municipal board, Das for the unlucky incident on the Tangla Police Station. Also a case might be filed in opposition to Das beneath Section 55 of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 within the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Udalguri.
Divisional Forest Officer, Bordoloi knowledgeable that 88 egret fledglings have been rescued and despatched to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation at Kaziranga.
Egrets are listed beneath Schedule IV of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
The native forest authorities are planning to carry consciousness conferences with main residents, NGOs and authorities officers on the necessity to defend wildlife.
Meanwhile the Environment and Forest division has cleared over 3,400 hectare of forest lands from encroachments.
The division has cleared encroachments from reserved forest lands, wildlife sanctuaries, nationwide parks and different protected areas masking over 3,000 hectares throughout the interval 2016-2020. 2,960 unlawful buildings have been destroyed with 194 individuals arrested.
During the interval from April 2021 to June 23, a complete of 915.05 hectare has been cleared from encroachments. In Lower Assam Zone, 185.55 hectare has been cleared, 2.5 hectare in Upper Assam Zone, 615 hectare in Karbi Anglong West Division, 50 hectare in Karbi Anglong East Division, Kokrajhar’s Haltugaon 40 hectare and round 22 hectare in Orang National Park.
After taking on the helm of affairs, Environment and Forest Minister, Parimal Suklabaidya has eliminated the reserved forests and different protected areas, together with wildlife sanctuaries and nationwide parks from encroachments.
Minister, Suklabaidya mentioned that the division is dedicated to free the forest lands from encroachments with the assistance of civil and police administrations. “A zero tolerance policy will be adopted against encroachments in forest lands, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, bio reserves and other protected areas, ” he mentioned, including that stringent motion might be taken in opposition to the offenders as per legislation.
The division can be attempting to mop up income from the sand and stone mahals beneath Minor Mineral Concession Areas and to render 49 mahals practical. Of the full 418 mahals that embrace 297 beneath Upper and Lower Assam Zones and 121 beneath sixth Schedule, 126 are practical beneath Upper and Lower Zones and 81 beneath sixth Schedule. 57 numbers of mahals have been put to tender, 55 instances settled following tenders and 50 instances pending because of litigations.
The division has generated income of Rs.302.38 crore in 2020-2021 and Rs.20.02 crore roughly as much as June 2021-2022.