Assam Government Renames Rajiv Gandhi National Park Into ‘Orang National Park’

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On Wednesday, September 1, the Assam Government has decided to officially rename Rajiv Gandhi National Park into Orang National Park.

Located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Darrang and Sonitpur districts of the state, the Park covers an area of 79.28 sq km.

Also a Tiger Reserve, it was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1985, while in 1999, it was officially declared as a national park.

According to the cabinet, this decision was undertaken after attaining cognizance of the demands of Adivasi and tea tribe communities.

“A few days ago, Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma held a meeting with the representatives of the Adivasi and tea tribe communities. During the meeting, the Adivasi and tea tribe community people requested the Assam chief minister to rename the national park to honour the Adivasi and tea tribe communities,” – asserted by Assam government spokesperson and Water Resources Minister, Pijush Hazarika.

“Taking cognizance of the Adivasi and tea tribe community’s demands, the Assam cabinet has decided to rename Rajiv Gandhi National Park as Orang National Park,” – he further added.

The park is popularly known for wild animals such as – Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Rhinos, Pygmy Hog, and wild elephants.

“In the weekly #AssamCabinet today, we took some key decisions regarding assistance for kin of deceased COVID victims, COVID expenses to DCs, fund disbursal for Orunodoi scheme, nomenclature of Orang National Park, Govt jobs for sportspersons among others.” – tweeted by Assam CM, Himanta Biswa Sarma.

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