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Lockdown needed every year for ecological balance: Jadav Payeng
A Correspondent

Jadav Payeng attending the plantation drive at Gandhi Pathar in Jamugurihat. – Photo: A Correspondent
 JAMUGURIHAT, Nov 21 - The world should observe seven days of lockdown every year to maintain the environmental balance, according to Padma Shri recipient Jadav Payeng, who is popularly known as the ‘Forest Man of India’. Attending a plantation drive organised at Gandhi Pathar by Jagaran Youth Club, an environment-friendly organisation of Koch Gaon at Jamugurihat, Payeng said that instead of exhausting government funds in the name of forest week or plantation drives, the government should encourage, motivate and teach schoolchildren to plant and preserve trees and the environment.

 Payeng was referring to the lockdown imposed across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Talking to the media, he said that rhino poaching in Kaziranga National Park has come down in recent years because the educated youths living near the KNP are engaged in various environmental activities.

The State government should engage more unemployed youths of Sonitpur district in the Forest Department so that the areas under KNP become safe. The local people know the area better, and if they are employed, the killing of rhino, elephant, birds and exploitation of forest resources will be minimised, he said.

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