Chief Minister Pema Khandu in a review meeting of Environment and Forest Department today has issued specific directives to expedite establishment of Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) in the state.
The STPF will have one company consisting of 112 contingents of various ranks and will be deployed for protection of Tigers in the state in Pakke Tiger Reserve.
Underpinning the importance of field protection for tigers, the Chief Minister said that with establishment of STPF, dual purpose would be served. While conservation of tigers would be ensured, unemployed youths will get employment, Khandu said. He asked the department to give preference to local tribal youths during recruitment as they are familiar with the environment and the habitat of the big cats.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the progress of third party monitoring by the Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI), Jorhat for all the schemes under CAMPA.
He also asked for engaging RFRI, which is under the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) as the third party monitoring agency for monitoring and evaluation of all works under state plan and TFC.
“This will ensure accountability and judicious use of CAMPA funds and also the TFC and state plan funds for effective afforestation, environment conservation and wildlife protection” Khandu optimistically said.
The meeting was attended by Environment and Forest Parliamentary Secretary C T Mein, Principal Secretary cum PCCF Omkar Singh, PCCF Wildlife and Chief Wildlife Warden G N Sinha and PCCF Planning Ravindra Kumar.