MANGALDAI, Sept 23 - State Minister for Forest and Environment, Parimal Suklabaidya has underscored the need for conservation of flora and fauna for the benefit of the people. Attending a World Rhino Day programme at the Orang national Park on Tuesday, the Minister said that the Orang National Park has vast natural resources and it is the duty of the people to protect it.
�Although its area is small compared to other national parks, there are a substantial number of one-horned rhinos for which it can woo domestic as well as foreign tourists,� he said. He also informed that the State Forest department had already taken a slew of measures to curb rhino poaching and the results have been satisfactory so far. This has been possible due to active support from the forest officials,� he added.
Earlier, the Minister released a book titled Orang Katha, which is aimed at sensitising the people about rhino conservation right from the childhood. On the occasion, the Forest Department felicitated six persons for their service in the field of forest conservation.