GUWAHATI, March 29 � The State Government has decided to constitute rapid response teams to tackle the man- wild animal conflict in all the 21 territorial forest divisions under its direct control. It is also requesting the Sixth Scheduled autonomous councils to form similar teams in the ten territorial divisions placed under them.
An Assistant Conservator of Forests would head the divisional rapid response team with the range officers of the division and one veterinary doctor as its members. The range level teams would be headed by the range officers. Five forest officials of the range would be the members of the committees at this level and the Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) working in the area of wildlife conservation would be invited to such teams as special invitees
Disclosing this at a press conference here today, Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain said that to begin with, the first rapid response team would be set up in Guwahati Division under the ACF concerned. The notification for the team has already been issued, the Minister said.
The teams will make the people aware of the need to keep away from the spots where wild animals are spotted and to create a congenial atmosphere for the capture of such animals. The tranquillisers used to capture such animals are harmful for the humans and people should be made aware of this point too, the Minister said.
He said that the Government is laying more stress on making the people aware of the legal provisions on the wildlife-related crimes than taking actions against those involved in crimes like killing straying wild animals.
He also informed the media persons that the National Tiger Conservation Authority is providing the State Forest Department with the electronic eye systems and these will help check poaching in the Kaziranga National Park (KNP). Soon experts from the Authority will come to assist in installing the systems.