Minister for forest, ecology, environment & wildlife M.C. Konyak visited Singphan wildlife sanctuary on May 14 and held meeting with village council members of upper Tiru village, lower Tiru village, Hotohoti village, and Namthai village at range office Singphan wildlife sanctuary.
M.C. Konyak in his speech has called upon villagers to co-operate with the department for all round development, as well as for preservation and conservation of the sanctuary. He said Singphan reserve forest was neglected so much that only after a gap of so many decades it has been declared as “Wildlife Sanctuary” and was a big achievement as it had become an asset to people of the district and the state as a whole.
The minister also visited developmental works/activities which are underway in the sanctuary. According to divisional forest officer, Mon Y.M. Jami, so far about 3 Km of chain link fencing on one side of the sanctuary boundary has been completed and still another 6 to 7 Km was remaining for constructing the fencing, watch towers in some strategic areas are also under construction. The minister also visited the strip planting of Hollong, Makai saplings where about 7000 saplings were planted.
The meeting was chaired by divisional forest officer, Mon Y.M. Jami. Jami in his emphasized on importance of wildlife and also provisions of Nagaland Forests act and Wildlife (Protection) Act on the restrictions of hunting, fishing, poisoning of rivers/streams etc,. Divisional forest officer said department staff alone cannot protect the sanctuary due to shortage of staff, for which he called upon the villagers to co-operate and support the department in protection work.
The village council members also took active participation in the meeting where they voiced out their grievances, difficulties to the minister.