Assam to destroy nearly 2,500 Rhino horns kept in State Treasuries

 Assam to destroy nearly 2,500 Rhino horns kept in State Treasuries

The Rhino Assam horn burning, On Thursday, it is decided that the Assam to destroy around 2479 rhino horns kept in treasuries of different districts in the state by burning them in public to bust myths and to prevent the poaching of rhinos in Kaziranga national park associated with it. However, this decision was taken by the Assam Council of Ministers.

The meeting of the ministers which was chaired by the Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma also gives its nod to a natural history museum at Kaziranga national park where 94 rhino horns, extracted from those animals that died due to the natural resources and will be kept and preserved as heritage pieces for academic purposes and public viewing.

The State health minister Keshab Mahanta said to the media after the meeting that out of the total  2623  rhino horns kept in the treasuries, 2479 of them will be destroyed.

Mahanta also said another 50 rhino horns with court litigation will be preserved with due procedures. In another major decision that will benefit people from low-income groups, the Assam council of ministers decided to waive off the license fee for rickshaws, handcarts, and others in the capital city, and the Guwahati municipal corporation was directed to explore the feasibility of providing these licenses online without the applicants coming to the office.

As per the Hindustan Times reports, last month the forest and the environment department is planning to destroy nearly 2,500 rhino horns. Though no date for destroying the horns has been announced yet, a formal event is expected on September 22, which is celebrated as World Rhino Day.

However, Assam is home to the world’s largest population of one horn rhinos in Assam. As per a 2018 census, the total rhino in Assam is 2,650 in the state with around 2,400 of them concentrated in Kaziranga National Park.

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 On Thursday, it is decided that the Assam to destroy around 2479 rhino horns kept in treasuries of different districts in the state by burning them in public to bust myths and to prevent the poaching of rhinos in Kaziranga national park associated with it. However, this decision was taken by the Assam Council of Ministers.

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