Up to date: Feb 07, 2021 04:44 IST
Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], February 7 (ANI): In a primary for India, a feminine forest officer from Odisha, Sasmita Lenka has been felicitated with United Nation’s Asia Environmental Enforcement Award.
Lanka, who’s a divisional forest officer in Athgarh, Cuttack, obtained the award below the ‘Gender Management and Impression’ class for her work in assist in busting pangolin smuggling rackets within the state.
Lenka has helped in busting a global community of pangolin in Athgarh and Khunnpunni.
“We have now seized three pangolins, together with a lifeless one, and arrested 28 smugglers. The pangolins have been being provided to China, Vietnam, and Myanmar for black advertising and marketing…I am glad my work was observed. But it surely’ll solely cease as soon as the pangolin is saved from extinction,” Sasmita, who’s now posted as deputy conservator of forest within the Bhubaneswar district headquarters, mentioned.
She additionally performed many consciousness campaigns amongst locals concerning the unlawful commerce of pangolins.
To bust the racket, she supplied a reward of Rs 10,000 for details about suspects. “Residents throughout 30 villages reached out with data. The initiative obtained an enormous response, and we took motion towards a number of criminals primarily based on this data,” Lanka mentioned.
She mentioned the vast majority of locals weren’t conscious that pangolins exist within the neighborhood, however consciousness concerning the animal and strict motion taken by the administration helped change the folks’s mindset. (ANI)