MIZORAM: The Dampa Tiger Reserve recently gave a shocker to it’s guards as 50 of the 170 forest guards were recently fired. This was allegedly due to the Central government cutting funds to the reserve. This has been refuted by the Central government who have stated that funds have not been cut.
Apparently local politics is involved and this claim is supported by another set of forest guards who were also allegedly fired last year. One of the guards fired was veteran forest guard Kimthanga who ironically at the time of being fired was in New Delhi receiving an award by the Union Forest Minister Prakash Javedkar for his outstanding work in protecting the tigers. He however later got his job back.