The Union Minister welcomes the Arunachal wildlife conservation effort

Itanagar: Minister of the Union Ashwini Kumar Choubey Thursday, hailed the government of Arunachal Pradesh for its “Airgun Surrender” campaign, a wildlife conservation initiative, and assured the state administration of all possible help to protect the hoolock gibbons.

Choubey, the Minister of State for the Environment, Forests and Climate Change, called on the authorities to continue the program to protect animal species in the state.

In Arunachal Pradesh, where hunting is a community practice steeped in history and culture, the Airgun Surrender Abhiyan is creating new hope for conservation with more than 2,000 weapons voluntarily abandoned since its launch in March.

According to Environment and Forestry Minister Mama Natung, who orchestrated the initiative, said the program is completely voluntary, aimed at raising awareness of wildlife conservation.

Choubey also said that the Center has focused on development in the northeast and has provided “sufficient” funds to Arunachal Pradesh under the Management and Planning Authority of the Compensatory Reforestation Fund (CAMPA ) for various programs.

The state government has sent out a multitude of proposals for environmental and forest protection, and the central government is working on those requests, said Choubey, who arrived here today.

During his inaugural visit to Arunachal Pradesh, the minister said that the Union Environment Ministry is looking at ecotourism aspects in the state and solving the problem of transporting precious timber.

Choubey, who also holds the consumer, food and public distribution portfolio, praised the state government for distributing free rations to remote locations in Arunachal Pradesh.

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