With the arrival of monsoon, the Forest Department will have a tough time carrying out patrolling duties in the tough terrain of the forest reserves. Keeping that in mind, Aaranyak, a scientific and industrial research organisation based in Guwahati donated field gear to 90 frontline staff of Digboi Forest Division.
The gear included a pair of trekking shoes and rain jackets. It is worth mentioning that the frontline staff has to go out into the forest reserves even under harsh monsoon conditions. They often conduct anti-poaching patrolling on foot.
The Digboi Division is part of the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve and includes the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary with an area of 111.1 km. The sanctuary is known as the last remaining patch of rain forest in India which harbours the endangered white winged wood duck, the State bird of Assam.
The equipments were donated in the presence of Bipul Borah, DFO of Digboi Division, Mriganka Bora, ACF, Parinita Singh, Range Officer of Digboi Range and Sailendra M Das, Rajib Rudra Tariang, Jyoti P Das, Abhijit Boruah and Rubul Tanti from Aaranyak.
Aaranyak also provided capacity-building training, including legal orientation, use of GPS sets to the frontline staff in the past, along with creating mass awareness about wildlife conservation in the border villagers of the sanctuary.