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31 people undergoing training at the Forest Guard Training Centre in Bidar

Classes are conducted in botany, social forestry, wildlife management and soil conservation

They are also trained in computer operation, wireless systems and weapon handling

BIDAR: A batch of 31 people is undergoing training at the Forest Guard Training Centre at Naubad on the outskirts of Bidar city.

On the eve of World Environment Day, Thursday, the trainees, all SSLC pass, expressed their resolve to contribute their mite for wildlife conservation efforts in the State.

Training for the batch commenced on February 12 and the guards will pass out on November 12. They are being trained in all aspects of protecting wildlife and forest resources.

Ramesh, a trainee, from Belgaum told The Hindu, “As a forest guard my task will be to protect forest resources. I opted to become a forest guard to contribute my bit for wildlife conservation efforts.”

Mohan from H.D. Kote in Mysore district, another trainee, said: “Serving in the Department of Forests to protect the wildlife is akin to doing a selfless service.”

Other trainees, Yograj from Shimoga, Antony Swami from Mysore and Syed Rizwan from Chitradurga, said that they had joined the department with the objective of conserving forest resources.

Range Forest Officer, Bidar, T. Rajshekar said that the trainees were getting themselves familiarised with varieties of flora and fauna.

Mr. Rajshekar said that theory classes were being conducted in botany, social forestry, wildlife management and soil conservation. They were also being trained in operation of computers, wireless systems and weapon handling.

Every Saturday the trainees are taken on field visits to forests in Bidar district.

RFO Lakshmidevamma is assisting Mr. Rajshekar in training the guards.

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