had ordered an inquiry into the incident.Initiated by activist-journalist Mubina Akhter, the press club meeting was attended and addressed by Soumyadeep Datta of Nature’s Beckon, Bibhab Talukder of Aranyak, Purnima Sarma of Early Birds, Satyaranjan Bora of Seuji Dharani Dhunia with many others.The countrywide census of tiger in January 2008 reveals that India had only 1,411 tigers alive. The number was 3,508 in 1997. In early Nineties, India's population of tigers was recorded as nearly 40,000. Of course, there is some good news that the number of tigers in India is increasing up to 1,875. Assam can take it pride as the State has nearly 15% of India’s total tiger population. Five years back, Assam recorded to give shelter to 70 tigers. It has increased the tiger opulation in 2010 (to over 100).Unfortunately Assam remains a major State where the tiger poaching is going on for many years. Other Indian States which observe rampant poaching of the highly endangered wild animal include West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala.“Tiger and other wildlife are being regularly poached for use in some Chinese traditional medicine. Many times, the superstition among various sections in the society instigates the killing of wildlife.Hence public awareness is the need of the hour,” said Soumyadeep Datta.He also criticized the State forest department for its ineffectiveness to make common people a partner in the conservation effort. Datta particularly pointed out that the publicity wing of the State forest department has done a little in this respect.“If a tiger is killed by some villagers and even the flesh is taken for eating, the forest department must take prompt actions against them. Moreover, its publicity wing should rush immediately to the location to understand the reasons behind this kind behavior of the villagers and pursue for conservation of wildlife in those localities,” Datta added.India adopted the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 to prosecute the wildlife criminals. The same year tiger was selected as the national animal of India. The central government launched the Project Tiger scheme next year and upgraded many forest reserves for safeguarding the tigers. Some of the important reserves where tigers should enjoy sanctuary include Manas National Park, Kaziranga National Park, Namdapha National Park, Nameri National Park (all in Assam), Packey Wildlife Sanctuary (Arunachal Pradesh), Dampa Wildlife Sanctuary (Mizoram) with Sunderban National Park, Corbett National Park, Kanha National Park, Sariska National Park, Pench Tiger Reserve, Tadoba Tiger Reserve, Periyar Tiger Reserve etc.“We have a number of wildlife protection rules but at the same time we need to sensitize the forest officials. The people living in the adjacent areas to wildlife reserves should also be enlightened on the process of conservation,” said Bibhab Talukder. He appeals everyone to take a pledge in the new year to preserve the wildlife and the environment. Talukder argued that even being pro-people, we could be tive conservationists.Both Purnima Sarma and Satyaranjan Bora emphasized on the community involvement in the mission to preserve nature and conserve wildlife. They also insisted that the government and forest department must play a pro-active role.Citing the example of Kaziranga tiger killing incident, Mubina Akhter in her speech expressed anger that the authority has not taken any visible actions against the responsible police personnel who was involved in the killing of the tigress near the 430 square kilometer UNESCO World Heritage Site.She advocated that a group of dedicated reporters should be trained on environment and wildlife issues. Regular interaction among themselves through a network and sufficient space for the issue in the mainstream newspaper and news channels were also emphasized in her speech.
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Nava Thakuria, who serves as a Special Correspondent for The Seoul Times, is based in Guwahati of Northeast India. He also contributes articles for many media outlets based in different parts of the globe, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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