ISSUES IN ASSEMBLY | Arunachal to start ‘Air gun surrender Abhiyan’ to check hunting

ITANAGAR, Mar 05: To check rampant hunting of wildlife, the state government government will embark upon a mission – Air gun Surrender Abhiyan where people in possession of air guns will have to surrender, the assembly was informed on Friday.

Replying to a question raised in the house by senior Congress member Wanglin Lowangdong during question hour, Environment and Forest Minister Mama Natung informed that his department is planning to start the mission from April onwards.

“The abhiyan has already being in my district East Kameng and will begin in other district from April onwards,” he said and appealed to the members to bring awareness among the people to stop hunting of wildlife.

Expressing concern on large scale hunting during tribal festivals, Natung informed that he had directed the forest department to act tough on hunting and accordingly 42 hunters were arrested so far.

“Many important floral and faunal species of the state are on the verge of extinction due to rampant hunting by the local people,” Natung added.

Assembly Speaker Passang Dorjee Sona responding to the issue said that if all the members stop eating wildlife meat, it would send a louder message to the people.

Responding to a supplementary, Natung assured the house to convene a meeting soon to chalk out strategies on how to revive the ailing Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation established several decades ago.

PMGSY Road:

Khandu informed the house that the state government has given mandate to Rural Works Department to construct PMGSY roads in rural areas.

Terming roads as a vital communication network, he urged the concerned minister to recommend the government for roads in these rural areas, after a thorough meeting with the Chief Secretary and the department.

He was responding to a question by MLA Kento Rina, who explained the difficulties faced because of an absence of either road or bridge over the Singen river.

Siang Flood:

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, while replying to a question by Congress member Lombo Tayeng, assured to look into the restoration of flood control works along the Siang river.

Terming flood as a regular phenomenon in the foothill areas in Arunachal Pradesh, he said funds from immediate relief for such calamities, from NDRF and SDRF, have been placed with the Chief Secretary.

Telecommunication Tower:

IT Minister Wangki Lowang, while replying to Congress member Nabam Tuki’s query on non-connectivity of tele communication in many areas of Papumpare, clarified that Telecom is a central subject and hence the state government can only put forward the suggestions.

Dilapidated School Building:

Education Minister Taba Tedir admitted that there is a lack of basic infrastructure, especially teachers’ quarters in many schools in the state. Urging the alumni associations of schools to come forward and adopt few schools, he said the government does not have enough funds to renovate and repair all the schools in the state. He however assured to streamline and distribute basic requirements to the schools on a priority basis.

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