India — The Jalukie Pumling Nko and Old Jalukie village council have taken strong exception of the forest fire that engulfed the western portion of the Jalukie Community Biodiversity Reserve, on the night of March 29. Stating this in a press release, the chairmen of the two councils termed the incident as ill intended and destructive, a result of some retarded minds retreating to barbarism, causing huge loss to nature and resources which are irreversible.
According to the release, the Jalukie Community Biodiversity Reserve has come a long way since its declaration in 1986, and stands tall as one pioneering community conservation initiative in the region and a testimony of a transitional tribal community who had foregone all their tribal instincts for a committed conservation effort. Besides, it stated, the existence of a strong prohibitory order from the government, especially the Peren District Planning & Development Board as well as the State Chief Secretariat obligating all villages for a concerted effort in biodiversity conservation and imposing stern penalization for non-compliance, is a concept yet to be understood and taken seriously by the village authorities.
Meanwhile, in this regard, the Jalukie villagers have responded instantaneously and are doing their best to douse the forest fire, which hopefully will be doused in a short time. Therefore, to discourage such incidents in future, the joint council asserted that, it will leave no stones unturned to bring the culprit to book and at the same time, requested the government authorities to investigate into the incident and apprehend the culprit(s) whoever is responsible and make an exemplary penalization, that will be a factor for positive change in our society.