Awareness prog on wildlife conservation, cannabis ban conducted

LEPORIANG, Dec 17: The All Leporiang Circle Gaon Burah Welfare Association conducted a programme here in Papum Pare district last Saturday to create awareness on the importance of protecting wildlife and stopping cultivation of cannabis.
During the programme, which was organised in collaboration with the environment & forests department, the villagers were apprised of the ban on cannabis cultivation under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.
A large number of villagers voluntarily surrendered 200 kilograms of cannabis, which was destroyed at the general ground here on the same day.
The villagers also resolved to prohibit destruction of forests and wildlife species, besides putting a complete ban on the use of guns for hunting and similar activities.
Sagalee MLA and former CM Nabam Tuki, Sagalee DFO Kalung Bida, ADC Somcha Lowang and other officials also attended the programme.