Kokrajhar, Aug. 21: Members of the Bodoland Territorial Council and wildlife NGOs have demanded action on the conservation of forest and wildlife in the BTAD.
An interactive session on the implementation of conservation activities and future conservation plans in the BTAD was held with BTC members and wildlife NGO, International Fund for Animal Welfare-Wildlife Trust of India, at Kokrajhar last evening.
The session aimed at creating awareness among the council members. The current scenario and role of the BTC in conservation were discussed at the meeting.
BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary, who looks after the forest and tourism department, said, “The issue of encroachment has been addressed in the Assembly session during the budget session.” He said necessary action would be taken to address the crisis.
BTC member Loben Basumatary had earlier demanded serious discussions on the issue and necessary action to stop further encroachment.
He said mere discussion in the House would not yield any result. BTC member Rabiram Narzary seconded Brahma and urged the council to act tough.
According to data available with the forest department, altogether 39,750.86 hectares are under encroachment.
Bhaskar Choudhury, the regional head, WTI, said, “Being an NGO, we have limited manpower and resource to the address all conservation challenges. We have been associated with the BTC for decades. The BTC has a major role to play in terms of political and social prospects.”