19-point demand memo on wildlife conservation issued by 12 voluntary organizations in Siliguri

Siliguri, 10th October: The Chief Conservator of Forest of North Bengal received a memorandum from 12 non-profit organizations that included 19 points of demand on various topics related to wildlife protection and conservation.

According to reports, on Tuesday, the organizations jointly presented the memo to the forest department office located in the Jabravita area adjacent to Siliguri. The area is subjected to major concern regarding elephant mobility due to the changing course of the river caused by illegal sand extraction. This leads to major elephant-human conflicts and elephant conservation becomes difficult. In efforts to resolve the issue, the members of the organization highlighted all these difficulties in the memorandum.

As stated by a representative of the organization, Kaustav Chowdhury, the Chief Forest Officer has been presented with memorandums on a number of topics pertaining to the conservation of wildlife. In response, the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Ujjal Ghosh, called for a meeting to convene after Durga Puja to address the problems. He added that the forest agency planned to jointly create a platform with all voluntary organizations to discuss the matter. Furthermore, the army will also be consulted regarding the matter.

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