Guwahati: PM Modi mentions KNP; lauds residents for nature protection : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the increment in the number of waterfowls in Kaziranga National Park (KNP) was brought by effective efforts of natives of Assam.
In his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi lauded the local residents for forest conservation, water conversation and protection of nature.
He said a total of 112 species of birds were sighted in Kaziranga National Park, Assam. The PM also highlighted the role of Assam temples in protecting nature.
“The Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve Authority has been carrying out its Annual Waterfowl Census for some time. This Census reveals the population of water birds and also about their favourite habitat. Just two-three weeks ago, the survey was conducted again. You will also be delighted to know that this time the number of water birds has increased by about one hundred seventy-five (175 per cent) compared to last year. A total of 112 Species of Birds have been sighted in Kaziranga National Park during this Census,” he said.
“And of these, 58 species happen to be winter migrants from different parts of the world including Europe, Central Asia and East Asia,” he added.
The Prime minister also shared the example of Jadav Payeng of Assam, who has received the Padma award for his contributions towards the nation.
“Jadav Payeng is the person who actively contributed in raising about 300 hectares of plantations in the Majuli Island in Assam. He has been constantly working for forest conservation and is also involved in motivating people for plantation and conservation of biodiversity,” he said.