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)