"We will look into the matter and will surely take steps to further improve the financial condition of our forest guards and other people," Gogoi told reporters in Guwahati. (Agencies)
Attending a function to celebrate the wildlife week in the city, the Chief Minister said that ground level workers live in very difficult conditions and work under hostile situations.
"They are working very dedicatedly to protect the wildlife. They are catching the poachers and helping us to make our forests safe for the animals," he added.
On being asked when the decision to increase the emoluments will be taken, Gogoi declined to give any specific answer.
"I promise today that their financial condition will be improved. I will discuss the matter with the finance department that how much we can help them and then will take a decision accordingly," he added.
Delivering his speech, Gogoi stressed on the need to modernize the weapons of the forest guards to counter the sophisticated machinery of the poachers.
"We have controlled the terrorists, so why can't we control the poachers? We will control them. We believe in the capability of our forest guards," he said.
Criticizing the media, especially the electronic media, the Assam CM said that good work of the forest department should also be highlighted along with any lapse.
"If one rhino is killed, then you always criticize the Forest Minister, but why don't you criticize or talk anything about the poachers? Similarly, the forest people should be praised when they catch a poacher," he added.
"We will look into the matter and will surely take steps to further improve the financial condition of our forest guards and other people," Gogoi told reporters in Guwahati.