Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Monday said that the laws will be made more deterrent in the coming days to curb poaching.
"We will bring in harsher laws against poachers," said Gogoi while speaking at a state level function on the occasion of 59th Wildlife Week at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here.
He said the government has already made the laws stringent by amending the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
Gogoi said punitive action against poachers by sentencing them to life in jail added with equipping forest personnel with sophisticated weapons to match the firepower of the poachers has "yielded positive results".
"When the government has brought the militancy under control over the years, there is no reason it should fail in stopping the poachers," he said.
The chief minister also lauded the efforts of the forest officials and guards, saying it was due to them that a silent revolution has been taking place in wildlife conservation efforts in Assam.
"The slew of conservation efforts have led to rise in the rhino, elephant, tiger and other wildlife population in the state. The forest guards and officials of the environment and forest department deserve encomiums for the conservation efforts which have had led to increase in the wildlife population in the state," he said. More....