ROING: Minister Environment & Forest Mama Natung attended Airgun Surrender Abhiyaan organized by the Dibang Forest Division with an aim to make Arunachal Pradesh Airgun free at Giidi Notko hall near here on Thursday. Total 76 Airguns were voluntarily surrendered on the day.
Addressing the gathering, Mama Natung while appreciating the public of the district for coming forward for Airgun surrender, said that it was high time that people should work to protect and preserve the environment by participating in the campaign.
He said the killings of wildlife animals and destruction of forest needed to be stopped. The public leaders from the village level should voluntarily come forward in creating awareness on the importance of wildlife and environment.
The minister also appealed to the neighbouring states to initiate such campaigns so that the environment and wildlife could be protected at the global level.
Natung said that around 550 bird species have been discovered in the state which need to be protected before becoming extinct. Likewise, the Lower Dibang Valley district administration should immediately issue an order in public domain to surrender Airguns and guns.
Legislator Mutchu Mithi stating that the campaign was huge achievement for the state. He also said that people should not forget that protection of wildlife was an age-old tradition in many tribes, especially in Idu Mishmi. He said the forest, tribal identity and wildlife are the three aspects of life which need to be protected. "We should protect all three aspects of life for a healthy and beautiful life on earth," he added.
Meanwhile, MLA Gum Tayeng appealed to the people to refrain from hunting and consuming wild animals. She said due to the lack of coordination among the people and district administration of Dambuk area, people's participation in the campaign was delayed. However, people are now coming out in huge numbers to join the campaign, she added.
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