Our Staff Correspondent
Dibrugarh, May 25: Aaranyak, a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) based in Guwahati donated field gears to the 90 frontline forest staff of Digboi Forest Division. Field gear includes a pair of trekking shoes and rain jackets. The field gears were donated in presence of Bipul Borah, DFO, Digboi Division, Mriganka Bora, ACF and Parinita Singh, Range Officer of Digboi Range and other office staff of the division along with Sailendra M Das, Rajib Rudra Tariang, Jyoti P Das, Abhijit Boruah and Rubul Tanti from Aaranyak. It is worth mentioning that the frontline staff has to carry out their patrolling duties in the tough terrains of the division amidst harsh monsoon condition. The Digboi division is a part of the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve and it includes the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary with an area of 111.1 km. The sanctuary is known as the last remaining patch of rain forests in India which harbours the endangered White Winged Wood-Duck (Asarcornis scutulata), the state bird of Assam and the frontline staff often has to do anti-poaching patrolling on foot. Aaranyak has provided capacity building training including legal orientation, use of GPS sets to the frontline staff in the past along with creating mass awareness on wildlife conservation to the fringe villagers of the sanctuary.