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Foresters' strike hits vigil on

sea turtles in Odisha

The strike by forest department staff has hit the annual ‘watch and vigil’ on endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles along Gahirmatha marine sanctuary in Kendrapara district.

The strike by foresters and forest staff reached 14th day on Thursday as the agitating employees, on permanent payroll of the state government, are seeking salary and status at par with their counterparts in state police. “More than 30 foresters and forest guards, who constitute the core of turtle protection caps that have come up for safety of the endangered species, have gone on an indefinite stir resulting in a setback to protection measures,” Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (Wildlife) Forest Division, Manoj Kumar Mahapatra, said. “To keep tab on trawl intrusion, forest department had set up 16 ‘watch and vigil’ camps. Sixty-five forest personnel were maintaining vigil to stop trawl intrusion and create hospitable environs for the marine animals but now manpower is reduced by 50 per cent,” he said.AFP



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