Special Rhino Protection Force for protection of Rhinos
Union Environment and Forests Minister announced a Special Rhino Protection Force in Assam.
SRPF: Special Rhino Protection Force
SRPF is to be setup to protect Rhinos from poaching in Assam. It will be created in Assam with the help of Central funds. The plan to setup the SRPF was announced by the Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on 6 September 2014 during his visit to Kaziranga National Park.
The Special Rhino Protection Force will be raised by recruiting local youth to bring down the number of incidents of rhino poaching in Kaziranga National Park and other areas.
The Centre endorsed a zero-tolerance stand towards rhino poaching and to be more proactive. In 2014, 22 rhinos had been killed while 24 poachers were arrested and 20 others lost their lives in encounters with security forces in 2014.
Apart from this, the Government would also setup a task force to enquire into encroachment of forest land in Assam.