'Forest cover increased, no rhino poaching' says Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal
Sarbananda Sonowal, the Chief Minister of Assam on Friday said the state's forest cover increased by 222 sq. km, and even rhino poaching has stopped under the BJP-led government.
While speaking with the media, the CM said the green cover data was based on a Forest Survey of India report. He added that over the past four and a half years, they planted 8.5 crore trees. Along with it, they have completed planting indigenous fruit, flowering, and medicinal plants at a total of 24 locations. “We want to strengthen Assam in biodiversity. In this era of science and technology, the relevance of our indigenous plants and herbs has increased,” he added.
Sonowal also informed that the tiger population of the Manas National Park has also increased. Basing his reports on a study conducted in 2019, the National Park has an estimated tiger population of 52, up from 15-16 in 2010.
Insisting that there needs to be a fine balance between ecology and economy, the minister said that the biggest challenge before humanity is global warming.
Sonowal said that people must be made aware of the importance of forests and the environment. One has to make sure that the forest survives, so there is sufficient oxygen he said adding, "If there are trees, there will be human beings. During the pandemic, we realised how important oxygen is.”