Gogoi calls for setting up of National Rhino Conservation

Guwahati, June 11 (PTI): Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi on Tuesday called for the establishment of a National Rhino Conservation Authority for the protection and conservation of the species. Gogoi in a letter to Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadkar expressed concern over the lack of a Central authority to deal with protection and conservation measures for rhinos.


“My home state Assam is home to more than 90% of the country’s rhino population, out of which 70%reside at Kaziranga which lies within my constituency of Kailabor,” he said.


There is an urgent need for the establishment of a National Rhino Conservation Authority, which would be modeled along the lines of the existing programme for tigers – the Project Tiger under the National Tiger Conservation Authority, he said.