Forest staff in the Kaziranga National Park in Asssam

Aaranyak has urged the state governments in all the northeastern states to vaccinate frontline forest staff and officials in view of the rapidly mounting Covid-19 cases in the region.

Aaranyak is an organization engaged in the conservation of wildlife in the region.

The organization has laid stress on the fact that forest staff and officials have to face difficult circumstances while protecting the wildlife inhabiting the jungles of the region during trying times of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“No state government in the Northeast has come up with a plan to vaccinate frontline forest staff against the Covid-19 vaccine. They are risking their lives and wellbeing to protect the wildlife,” Bibhab Kr Talukdar, general secretary of Aaranyak.

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“Besides, forest staff in different national parks and wildlife sanctuaries frequently comes into contact with tourists arriving from different places of the country and world. There is every possibility of their getting infected by the Covid -19 virus,” Talukdar said.

“The state governments in different states of the Northeast should immediately take initiatives to vaccinate the forest staff without delay so as to enable them to perform their responsibility diligently,” he further said.

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