Following the Centre’s approval, the State Government is all set to arm the forest personnel with sophisticated firearms, even as the Ministry of Defence has disapproved of flying of unmanned aerial vehicles over the Kaziranga National Park citing security reasons.
State Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain told newsmen today that the department will now procure 2,000 SLRs, 540 carbines, 300 9mm pistols, 25 revolvers and 10 LMGs.
The Minister informed that with the procurement of the consignment by the department, forest personnel would now be better equipped to counter poaching in the State.
On rhino translocation, the Minister said that steps for translocation of rhinos in Burachapori and Laokhowa would begin in a phased manner from January next year. “We have decided to go for solar fencing in those areas,” Hussain said.
On the Ministry of Defence’s disaproval of flying of unmanned aerial vehicles, Hussain said that the department would seek a review of the decision. Test of an unmanned vehicle was done in the KNP recently and was seen as one of the effective ways to reduce incidents of rhino killing.