How will the Golden Langur species benefit from the MGNREGA scheme?
Ever since the launch of the MGNREGA or the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, in 2005, it will for the first time have non-human beneficiaries in form of golden langur in the Bongaigaon district of western Assam. A 22.74 lakh project has been launched by the district authorities under MGNREGA for planting mango, guava, blackberry, etc. trees. The project is being taken up to ensure that the golden langur does not have any kind of survival crisis in the Kakoijana Reserve Forest spread across 17 km. Many of the species are found dead due to electrocution or in road accidents while they go for the hunting of beyond the area of the forests. The project which involves around 10,575 saplings and other kinds of seedlings of the fruit trees is the first one which is directed to save a primate species.