Itanagar, May 19: Keeping in mind the declining rates of tigers, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has issued specific directives to the Environment and Forests Department to set up a Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) in the State.
The STPF will have one company consisting of 112 men and will be deployed for protection of big cat species in the State’s 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 also get employment, he said. He asked the department to give preference to local tribal youths during the recruitment as they are familiar with the environment.
The Chief Minister while reviewing the progress of third-party monitoring by Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI), Jorhat for all the schemes under CAMPA, asked for engaging RFRI, which is under Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) as the third party monitoring agency for monitoring and evaluation of all works under TFC and State Plan. “This will ensure accountability and judicious use of CAMPA funds and also the TFC and State Plan funds for effective environment conservation and wildlife protection,” Khandu opined.