Assam government launched "Gajah Kotha" campaign

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Assam launched "Gajah Kotha" campaign to address the growing problem of Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC).

An Overview of the News

  • The "Gajah Kotha" campaign involves over 1,200 participants and aims to promote coexistence between humans and elephants.

  • The focus of the campaign is on HEC affected villages in Eastern Assam.

  • The main objective is to educate the residents about elephant behaviour, ecology and the cultural importance of elephants in the region.

  • The campaign emphasizes the importance of conservation efforts in reducing HEC.

  • Aranyak, a renowned wildlife NGO based in Guwahati is leading the campaign.

  • The British Asian Trust and the Assam Forest Department are collaborating on this initiative.

  • The Darwin Initiative is providing support for the expedition.

  • The launch of the "Gajah Kotha" campaign reflects Assam's commitment to promote harmonious co-existence between humans and elephants.

About Assam:

  • Location: It is a state located in the northeastern region of India. It is bounded by Bhutan to the north, Arunachal Pradesh to the east, Nagaland to the northeast, Manipur to the southeast, Mizoram to the south and West Bengal to the west.

  • Wildlife: Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park and Nameri National Park

  • Language: Assamese is the official language of the state, but several other languages are also spoken, including Bengali, Bodo, and Hindi.

Formation (as a state) - 26 January 1950

Capital - Dispur

Chief Minister - Himanta Biswa Sarma

Governor - Gulab Chand Kataria

Rajya Sabha - 7 seats

Lok Sabha - 14 seats

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