UDALGURI,Feb 25: Experts at a recent seminar in Udalguri blamed it all on a section of land grabbing and unscrupulous people for the steep rise in the incidents of man-elephant conflict and unnatural death of wild animal.
The speakers, mostly, said rampant destruction of forest cover has forced the wild animals to stray into human habitation leading to man-animal conflict.
State Forest and Environment Minister Pramila Rani Brahma said the forest department has adopted a slew of measures to curb rhino poachings which would soon pay good dividends.
She further said along with the forest officials the foremost responsibility is with the local people to protect the resources of the national park and wildlife sanctuaries.
Responding to a question she said the forest department has created nearly 33 highlands inside Kaziranga National Park to protect animals during the annual floods and more are in stores.
“ While some animals meet with accidents on the highway during floods the Kaziranga national Park
authorities has effectively put into place the Time Card System for traffic control during floods." she added.
Laying emphasis on the aspect of afforestation the minister stated that it has been made compulsary for every forest staff to plant 100
saplings each and exhorted everyone of the state to plant 4 saplings each.
State Minister of Food and Civil Supplies and PHE, Rihon Daimari; Mazbat legislator, Charan Boro; Tamulpur MLA, Emmanuel Mushahary; Speaker of BTC Assembly, Tridip Daimari; Dhansiri divsion DFO, M K Sarma among host of students and wildlife lovers attended the meeting.