GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took a comprehensive review of flood preparedness and animal safety in the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) as well as security with DCs, SPs, officials of Forest and Veterinary departments of Golaghat, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Biswanath and Karbi Anglong on Thursday.
Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, Finance Minister Ajanta Neog, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta and others were present at the review meeting.
To intensify anti-poaching activities at the park, the Chief Minister directed urgent steps to expedite the justice delivery system against the nabbed poachers against whom charge sheets have been filed by engaging a special prosecutor. He also asked the PCCF (Principal Chief Conservator of Forest) to monitor the process every month.
He also asked the PCCF to tie up with Mandakata Commando Training Centre for the training of the forest personnel.
Moreover, to boost up Wildlife Protection at KNP, Chief Minister Sarma asked Home Department to create one post each of Additional SP and DSP under the control of SP Golaghat with a clear mandate to serve for the protection of wildlife at the park, besides filling up the post of DSP, KNP.
The Chief Minister directed to increase ration allowances of the forest force engaged in wildlife protection from the existing Rs 840 to Rs 2,000.
Underlining the need for coordinated efforts for wildlife protection, the Chief Minister directed to immediately notify the Special Task Force for KNP under the chairmanship of Special DGP, a press release said.