Assam: 57 poachers of Raimona National Park surrenders
Guwahati: At least 57 poachers of the Raimona National park surrendered to the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) of Assam on Wednesday.
The poachers, who surrendered on the occasion of World Rhino day, were presented with a cheque of Rs 50,000 each to help sustain livelihood.
Taking to Twitter, BTR chief Pramod Boro said, “Handed over Rs. 50,000 ex-gratia & assured two handloom clusters to 57 poachers who surrendered their arms at a ceremony at Rhaimona National Park on World Rhino Day today. Our govt. is committed to take every possible step to make ‘Poaching free BTR’.”
Ever since Raimona has been declared to be a national park, the poachers do not want to hunt anymore and are therefore surrendering. To honour their step and to protect their livelihood, the government is planning to further give an amount of Rs 1.20 lakhs for setting up a new business, Boro stated while giving away the cheques.
The BTR chief further informed that two handloom factories will also be set up in the area to offer employment.
Meanwhile, the biggest-ever stockpile of rhino horns was consigned to flames at Bokakhat on World Rhino Day amidst the chanting of hymns and the blowing of conch shells to dispel the myths associated with rhino horns.
The State Government burnt 2,479 rhino horns in the presence of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at a public function to bust that rhino horns have amazing medicinal value.