Sikkimese Trekking Rules 5 and 6: Offence Detection and Rewards

Yesterday you learnt about five offences listed in the Sikkim Wildlife (Regulation of Trekking) Rule 4 (2005). Today you will learn about the entities and officers who can detect and / or report the offences. You will also learn about provisions for rewarding the offence detectors.

Who can detect an offence?

The following entities / officers are authorized under the Sikkimese trekking rules to detect offences:

  • Eco Development Committees (EDC) (Rule 5-1)
  • Forest Officers (Rule 5-1)
  • Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMC) (Rule 5-1)
  • Registered Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) (Rule 5-3)
  • Registered trekking service providers (Rule 5-3)

 

The committees / officers authorized under Rule 5-1 may arrest the offenders if the latter intend to abscond.

The arrested offender shall be handed over to the nearest wildlife or forest office. (Rule 5-2)

The offence detected under Rule 5-3 shall be reported to the nearest wildlife or forest office.

 

Is there a provision for rewarding the offence detector?

Yes, the compounding officer, according to the Rule 6, may reward

  • the offence detector or
  • a person who helped in detection.

 

The officer may

  • Pay up to 20% of the fine collected to the offence detector. (Rule 6-1)
  • Earmark up to 20% of the fine collected for the offence detection expenses. (Rule 6-2)

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