Aaranyak with support from David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and Manas Tiger Reserve Authority gifted bicycles to the frontline staff of the forest department working in Manas National Park.
Aaranyak, a premier biodiversity conservation organisation of Northeast India, informed that the frontline staff, who were gifted the bicycles have been ardently working in Kahitema Beat of the Manas National Park to enhance their efforts to protect the wildlife.
The programme was held at Magurjani Anti-Poaching Camp of Kahitema Beat under Bansbari Range Office in Manas National Park.
The frontline staff received the bicycles in the presence of Raghunath Boro, former deputy director of Manas Tiger Reserve (MTR), Babul Brahma, in-charge of Bansbari Range Office (RO), Rindao Basumatary, secretary of United Social Welfare Society (USWS) and Motilal Basumatary, president, USWS.
Prosenjit Sheel, Bijeet Baro, Mizing Baro, Gayatri Dutta, Ajay Basumatary and Pankaj Das from Aaranyak were also present in the programme.
The frontline staff expressed their happiness upon receiving the bicycles and said, “Now we don’t have to walk for 2-3 hours to reach our camps and to come out for marketing.”
They also said they can use the bicycles for patrolling.
“Over the years, Aaranyak has realized the important role the frontline staff have been playing to protect the wildlife of Assam,” the biodiversity conservation organisation said.
“Therefore, in consultation with United Social Welfare Society, Kahitama, Aaranyak is trying to support the frontline staff who have been posted in the core camps of Kahitema Beat to ensure our wildlife is protected,” it added.