GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday asked the forest and state police department to intensify its action against poaching in view of the upcoming flood season when animals usually stray out of national parks and forest areas.
Reviewing the preparedness to ensure the safety of animals at Kaziranga National park during floods, the CM has instructed to increase the frequency of anti-poaching drives.
Following the meeting, he said, “In view of upcoming flood season held a review meeting at Kaziranga with concerned officials. I also directed to intensify action against poaching and increase the conviction rate of poachers. The PCCF (Principal Chief Conservator of Forest) has been advised to monitor the process every month.”
The chief minister also instructed the officials to ensure modern weapons and gadgets to forest personnel.
Sarma also pressed for vaccination of the forest guards on priority and asked the forest department to increase the amount of ration given to forest guards.