MANGALDAI: Leading environment organization of Assam, Aaranyak on Wednesday handed over 250 homemade masks to the Range Officer of Orang National Park to be used by staff and frontline forest protectors of the park working in Mangaldai Wildlife Division to prevent COVID-19 spread.
The masks were made in local villages in Darrang district as per homemade masks preparation guidelines of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India. As part of Aaranyak’s endeavour to assist government agencies in Assam to check spread of COVID-19 in the State, Aaranyak has already provided about 160 such masks to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, 200 masks to Subdivisional Officer (Civil) and 200 masks to Subdivisional Police officer of Kaliabor subdivision, 50 masks to local journalists of Kaliabor, about 200 masks to SDO (Civil), Bokakhat subdivision, about 100 masks to Kohora Police outpost in Kaziranga National Park, 20 masks to local journalists of Kaziranga, 200 to SDO (Civil) Salbari subdivision under Baksa district, 200 masks to Bansbari range and 100 masks to Bhuyanpara range of Manas National Park.
Aaranyak has also prepared COVID-19 prevention awareness brochure in Assamese, English and Hindi for distribution through social media and also some print copies for distribution. Aaranyak, in association with Department of Science and Technology, Government of Assam; and Assam Science Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC) jointly published awareness materials on this pandemic to make the common public aware.
Aaranyak also contributed an amount of Rs 1 lakh to the Assam Government to strengthen government initiatives to check COVID-19 in Assam. Aaranyak encourage its members and supporters to come forward and render their service to strengthen thefight against COVID-19 and requested them to register as volunteers. A total 11 members from Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup (Metro), Barpeta, Dhubri, Bongaigaon, and Kamrup districts registered as volunteers to assist the Government of Assam to strengthen the fight against this pandemic through Protirodhi Bandhu-an initiative of ASDMA.