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A Report on activities taken up under "Strengthening Conservation of Dhansirimukh (Kaziranga) Landscape through Community Participation in Agriculture & Allied Activities"

Event Date: 03/03/2012

The project  is taken up under ‘INNOVATIVE SCHEMES’ of Planning & Development Department, Government of Assam and a society working for biodiversity conservation  ‘GRASSHOPPER’ is implementing the project.

Distribution of Solar Lanterns among the villagers of the area (yet to be covered under RGGVY)  is one of the major components incorporated in a series of activities for all out socio economic upliftment of the rural mass.

‘GRASSHOPPER’ in association with local villagers and the Mori Dhansiri Gaon Panchayat under Bokakhat sub division organized the function at Bamun Gaon near ‘Dhansirimukh’ in the periphery of KNP on 3rd April, 2012 for distribution of Solar Lanterns among the villagers living in the area.   Kumar Sanjay Krishna IAS, Principal Secretary, P & D, Shri Shyam Jagannathan  IAS,  Secretary, P & D attended the programme as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively. The function was presided over by the Deputy Commissioner, Golaghat Shri Sanjib Gohain Baruah.  Distributing the lanterns Kumar Sanjay Krishna spoke about the importance of conservation and requested the villagers to avail the opportunities and services provided by the Government through NGOs and other facilitators working for economic empowerment of the masses through eco friendly means of livelihood. Shri Shyam Jagannathan touched upon the government initiatives and assistance to strengthen the traditional weaving and pig rearing activities to bolster the village economy implemented through agencies like State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) and GRASSHOPPER.

On behalf of GRASSHOPPER Secretary, Dr. Pranjal Bezbarua thanked the chief Guest and other dignitaries present on the occasion and explained to the villagers the necessity of conservation and sought their cooperation and support in carrying out future activities to strengthen the bond of nature and mankind in KNP, a world heritage site.

The occasion turned out to be a blissful event with the villagers cheering and welcoming the guests with their traditional ‘Gumbak’ dance procession followed by cultural programmes like ‘Oinitams’ and ‘harvest dance’ to the enjoyment of the guests and others present.

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