For the protection of migratory bird ‘Amur Falcon’, the government will consider setting up forest beat offices at Lungthulien village in Pherzawl district and Tamenglong district, Manipur Forest Minister Th Biswajit said on Thursday.
He was responding to the starred questions raised by MLA of Tipaimukh assembly constituency, Ngursanglur Sanate, during the ongoing 3rd session of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
Seeking information from the forest minister, MLA Ngursanglur asked through the assembly floor whether the government is aware of the presence of Amur Falcon birds at Pherzawl district and if the government is aware, then what steps are being taken to preserve the migratory bird.
Responding to the starred question, the forest minister informed the House that the government is aware of the presence of Amur Falcon in Pherzawl district. Regarding the necessary measures taken by the district forest officer, Pherzawl district with the support of Lungthulien village authority, awareness programmes for educating local communities for conservation of migratory birds, including Amur Falcon has been taken up, the minister added.
The government has erected awareness signboards at strategic locations and regular patrolling to prevent hunting and poaching of Amur Falcons during the migratory season during October and November is being taken, he added.
Continuing his note, the forest minister said there is enforcement of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. Under the act, there is provision of three years of imprisonment, the minister said.
Biswajit said district magistrate Pherzawl had already issued an order to ban the use of air guns in the district till the last flock of Amur Falcons leaves the place.