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| Last Updated:: 10/06/2019

MNREGA project in Assam to support tree-plantation for golden langurs




A new project started on World Environment Day, 2019, in western Assam, aims at planting fruit trees for Golden Langurs. Also known as Gee's golden langur (Trachypithecus geei), it is one of the most endangered primates in India and is found only in a small region of western Assam and neighbouring Bhutan.





According to a media report, officials planted guava, mango, blackberry and other fruit trees in the Kakoijana Reserve Forest in western Assam’s Bongaigon district so that golden langurs in the area would not have to travel to human settlements on the outskirts to find them. The report added that many langurs had been killed due to electrocution or while crossing roads in order to find fruits in human areas.’





Another remarkable aspect of the project is that it is to be financed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The report notes that this is the first time MNREGA would be used for non-human beneficiaries since it became law in 2005.





The total cost of the project is ₹27.24 lakh. A total of 10,575 saplings and seedlings of fruit-bearing trees would be planted under the project. Officials will also ensure that electricity wires in the area would be insulated in addition to speed limit signs being put up at spots on highways where langurs are known to cross.







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