The two-day Jeypore Rainforest Festival, 2017, got off to a colourful start on the banks of Buridehing river at Jeypore in Dibrugarh district on Saturday. Assam tourism minister Himanta Biswa Sarma formally inaugurated the two-day festival which will showcase rich biodiversity of Jeypore Rainforest. The Jeypore Rainforest festival was first started by Natures Beckon, an NGO in 2001.
In his inaugural speech, state tourism minister Himanta Biswa Sarma who also holds health and education portfolios expressed hope that the festival would promote the tourism sector of the region to a great extent.
“The festival will boost the tourism sector in the state to a great extent. The Dehing Patkai reserve forest has lots of potential in the tourism sector and every year lots of foreign tourist visit the area for its rich biodiversity. Our government is committed to develop the tourism sector of the state and has taken steps so far and in coming days the government will take steps for the uplift of the tourism sector,” Sarma said.
The Jeypore Rainforest festival was organised by the local youth in association with Natures Beckon.
“Our government has taken a new scheme ‘Amar Alohi’ which will provide home stay facilities to the tourists. These home stay facilities will help the tourist to know about the rich culture of the region. We have decided to select 50 local youths from the region and employed them through this scheme and our government will provide Rs 3 lakh to each individual,” the minister said.
Jeypore is situated 60 km south east from Dibrugarh headquarter. Jeypore Rainforest is a hotbed of biodiversity that can rival the best tropical rainforest sites in Southeast Asia. It is home to a number of wildlife species, including many endangered ones. The rainforest is home to around 200 elephants while the population of Western Hoolock Gibbon (considered one of world’s 25 endangered primates) is 432.