Thanamir Village Council (TVC) has objected to the use of the word ‘Saramati’ in the nomenclature of “Saramati Awung Conservation and Management Society (SACMS).
In a press note jointly issued by Tsuseki, chairman TVC; Shiyamki, head GB Thanamir village; Ato, GB Thanamir village; Mujong, former VCC; Kiyamong, president Thanamir Village Students’ Union (TVSU) and S. Tsuyamki, general secretary TVSU informed SCAMS and supporting agencies stated that nomenclature had been objected to the reference of the word “Saramati” on the ground that responsible village council was also equally aware and presently involved in biodiversity conservation on its own under the name “Saramati Biodiversity Conservation” in and around Saramati mountain (Awung).
The TVC also stated that the works and efforts of the conservation have been well within the geographical and territorial limits of Thanamir village within which Saramati incidentally falls. Further stated that TVC had earlier made it clear to the then visiting Dr. Shankar to Thanamir village along with some local guides or associates that the village council was engaged on its own (by the community) and hence declined to be part of any other efforts.
Again, during the 19 villages joint meeting at Pungro town, Thanamir village declined in the same line and stated that it is not a signatory to the formation and efforts of SACMS.
Further more, during a visit to the village by the local associates, the village council once again made it clear in good faith about its stand.
It also informed that the council and the citizens of the village would extend co-operation to the efforts made by SACMS but would not be a part of the society.
In the joint press note the council also stated that this would lead to confusion and misconception in the conservation efforts at the ground or area if not rectified or changed and has made clear that the council is not opposing the efforts of SACMS and that the name of Saramati should not be used as it was well within the jurisdiction of TVC and incidentally equally engaged in efforts of biodiversity conservation. TVC further stated that in their method of conservation, they look beyond birds and animals of the wild and equally focus on the entire living organisms including the land, water and air and in-corporate the age-old man and environmental balances and relationship.
Meanwhile, TVC stated that geographically they are divided by the Likimro river and catchment area or watershed in which they also look forward to co-operate with one another in the neighbouring projects or efforts of Saramati Biodiversity Conservation by the TVC and SACMS.
The council also expressed that birds and animals of the wild are not confined within boundaries and territories and therefore keep their future options open for future joint projects or adventures through co-operation.
Further, TVC again appealed to SACMS to omit the word ‘Saramati’ in the nomenclature as informed earlier.