Guwahati, 29 April: Leading environment conservation organisation of Assam, Aaranyak, today handed over 250 hand-made face masks made of cotton fabric to the Range officer of Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve in Darrang district of Assam.
The masks are meant for use by forest staff and frontline forest personnel working in Mangoldoi Wildlife Division of Assam to prevent spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The masks were made in local villages in Darrang district at the instance of Aaranyak and as per such masks preparation guidelines of Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India, an AAranyak official informed.
A member of the IUCN, Aaranyak has already provided about 160 such masks to Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary, 200 masks to SDO (Civil) Kaliabot Sub division, 200 masks to Sub Divisional Police Officer of Kaliabor Sub division, 50 masks to local journalists of Kalibor, about 200 masks to SDO (Civil), Bokakhat sub division, about 100 masks to Kohora Police outpost in Kaziranga NP, 20 masks to local journalists of Kaziranga, 200 to SDO (Civil) Salbari sub division under Baksa district, 200 masks to Bansbari wildlife range, 100 masks to Bhuyanpara wildlife forest of Manas National Park and 55 masks to Dergaon Police Station personnel.
Aaranyak has also prepared COVID19 prevention awareness brochure in Assamese, English and Hindi for distribution through social media as well as printed copies.
The organisation in association with Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of Assam; and Assam Science Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC) jointly published awareness material on this pandemic to make common public aware.
Aaranyak contributed Rs 1 Lakh to Assam Government to strengthen government initiatives to check COVID-19 in Assam. Aaranyak transferred the amount to the bank accounts of Assam Arogya Nidhi.
Eleven members of Aaranyak from Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup (Metro), Barpeta, Dhubri, Bongaigaon, and Kamrup districts have registered as volunteers to assist the Government of Assam to strengthen the fight against this pandemic through Protirodhibandhu, an initiative of ASDMA.