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Nagaland to welcome falcons

Kohima, Aug. 31: Nagaland is all set to welcome winged guests from Siberia and Mongolia who would be arriving here by second week of September onward to South Africa.

The state government in collaboration with several organisations, village councils and environment groups have prepared to welcome Amur falcons who would be arriving here by September on their way to Africa.

The state government has directed all village councils to welcome birds or face tough action like stopping aid to village development boards (VDB). The government has asked the VDBs to protect the raptors in their jurisdictions.

The commissioner and secretary rural development, V. Sakhrie, said in case of negligence or violation by any village, the funds would be invariably withheld for that particular year and the same would be utilised for environment protection and conservation activities only, in co-ordination with forest and environment department.

This directive was issued to maintain ecological balance in the state.

The administration has asked villages to create awareness of so that birds are not harmed. “The survival of human beings and animals depends on forests,” said chief wildlife warden Nagaland, Satya Prakash Tripathi.