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Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu to set up Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) in the state

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Itanagar, May 15, 2017: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday issued specific directives to expedite the establishment of Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) in the state.

The STPF would have one company consisting of 112 contingents of various ranks and it would be deployed for protection of tigers in the 862 sq. km. Pakke Tiger Reserve in the state’s East Kameng district.

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The Pakke Reserve is home to many rare and endangered wildlife species, such as leopard, wild dog, Himalayan black bear and elephant.

Khandu, who held a review meeting of Environment and Forest Department, also underscored the importance of field protection for tigers and said that with the establishment of STPF, dual purpose would be served.

While conservation of tigers would be ensured, unemployed youth will get employment, Khandu said.

The Chief Minister also asked the Environment and Forest department officials to give preference to local tribal youth during recruitment as they are familiar with the environment and the habitat of the big cats.

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The Chief Minister also reviewed the progress of third-party monitoring by the Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI) in Assam’s Jorhat for all the schemes under Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).

He also asked for engaging RFRI, which is under the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) as the third party monitoring agency for monitoring and evaluation of all works.

“This will ensure accountability and judicious use of CAMPA funds and also the TFC and state plan funds for effective afforestation, environment conservation and wildlife protection,” Khandu said. (IANS)

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Delhi government employees to observe 5-minutes silence as protest every day

Following the allegation, the IAS Association on Tuesday took the decision that officers would not meet or talk even over the phone to the Chief Minister, his ministers or MLAs till Kejriwal apologised and took action

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The alleged assault took place at the Chief Minister's residence on Monday midnight
The alleged assault took place at the Chief Minister's residence on Monday midnight. Wikimedia Commons
  • Delhi government employees will observe a five-minute silence outside their respective offices every working day
  • The decision is to observe the silent protest during lunch break
  • Both the alleged attackers — Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal — were sent to judicial custody for a day on Wednesday

Delhi government employees will observe a five-minute silence outside their respective offices every working day till steps are taken to “ensure their safety and dignity”, the IAS body said here on Thursday.

The decision to observe the silent protest during lunch break, came two days after Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash alleged that he was beaten up by two Aam Aadmi Party MLAs in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The alleged assault took place at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday midnight, where Prakash was summoned for an emergency meeting.

Following the allegation, the IAS Association on Tuesday took the decision that officers would not meet or talk even over the phone to the Chief Minister, his ministers or MLAs till Kejriwal apologised and took action.

Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash alleged that he was beaten up by Amanatullah Khan and one more party MLA.
Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash alleged that he was beaten up by Amanatullah Khan and one more party MLA. Wikimedia Commons

“The assault on the Chief Secretary has breached the faith of all government employees in the political executive of Delhi.

“The employees of Delhi Government and other organisations will observe a five-minute silence outside their respective offices to express their anguish over the breach of faith by the political executive,” IAS Association said in a statement.

Also Read: The assault on Chief Secretary exposes the double standards of AAP government

Both the alleged attackers — Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal — were sent to judicial custody for a day on Wednesday.

Their bail pleas will be taken up later on Thursday. (IANS)