The surrenders coincided with World Rhino Day and are anticipated to discourage looking and poaching of untamed animals in the realm
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2021 10:00 AM IST
As many as 57 poachers surrendered their arms and wildlife elements close to the Raimona National Park in Assam’s Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) on Wednesday. The surrenders coincided with World Rhino Day and are anticipated to discourage looking and poaching of untamed animals in the realm.
Pramod Boro, a chief government member of the Bodoland Territorial Council that administers the 4 districts in the area, additionally gave monetary help to the poachers who determined to surrender poaching and take up alternate vocations. “Handed over ₹50,000 ex-gratia and assured two handloom clusters to 57 poachers who surrendered their arms…..Our govt. is committed to take every possible step to make ‘Poaching free BTR’,” tweeted Boro, who heads the United Peoples Party Liberal, an ally of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
Boro requested all poachers to cease killing wild animals and stated they plan to introduce rhinos to the Raimona National Park.
Rathin Barman, joint director, Wildlife Trust of India, stated the initiative to have the poachers surrender their arms began after Raimona was declared a nationwide park. “Poachers were identified and educated about protecting wildlife…,” he stated. “In Assam and rest of northeast… various tribes have been involved in traditional hunting. Most of the weapons surrendered were self-made muzzle loaded rifles. Some of the poachers have already given up hunting, but they decided to hand over their weapons to the government.” Barman stated there is no such thing as a knowledge on the variety of poachers in the realm and the method of surrender of arms would proceed.