GOLAGHAT, July 23 - Concerned over the unabated poaching of rhinos at Kaziranga National Park, a non-profit making organisation of Golaghat �All and Sundry� has urged the State Government that the use of RAPID (Real Time Anti-Poaching Intelligence) can end the poaching in the national park without any doubt.
�By using Real Time Anti-Poaching Intelligence we can easily check rhino poaching. Once in Africa when almost 1000 rhinos were poached, they decided to use RAPID to resolve the problem, as a result of which poaching completely ended there,� it said.
Members of �All and Sundry� have already submitted a memorandum to Pramila Rani Brahma, Minister of Environment and Forest, Government of Assam, claiming that the use of RAPID can easily end rhino poaching. �If we really care about conserving and saving this endangered species, the government should know that using RAPID is the need of the hour. The memorandum stated that saving the one-horned rhino, a symbol of pride for the Assamese people, is the duty of the Department of Forest and for the same RAPID is the last ray of hope for the department.
�Invented by British researcher Dr Paul O� Donoghue, a GPS satellite collar is combined with a heart rate monitor and video camera, which can broadcast 24/7 real time information to a control centre, by which anti-poaching teams can be alerted and dispatched to poaching sites within seconds. After RAPID is attached to the unconscious rhino, its movements can easily be tracked. Moreover, the video camera takes the image of the poachers when they try to approach it to kill it. This makes it easier for the officials to recognise the poachers and catch them red handed. After a series of failed attempts by the Government to end rhino poaching, the Department of Forests should sooner come to a decision about using RAPID if it seriously wants to save the rhinos left in the sanctuary,� the memorandum added.