Animal Attack Relief Hiked

Odisha Government today announced hiking the compensation in deaths by attacks of wild animals to Rs 4 lakh in a bid to provide relief to families of hundreds of people who become victim of wild animals’ attack every year.

 
In case of attack by wild animals, it has been decided to enhance the compensation amount from Rs.3 lakh to Rs.4 lakh in favour of the legal heirs of the deceased person, the chief Minister said while inaugurating the State Level Wild Life Week here.
 
He said, it has also been decided to provide compensation for sheep and goat killed by wild animals.
 
Rs 2000 will be paid for every sheep or goat killed and Rs.750 will be paid for every lamb killed, the Chief Minister announced.
 
“My Government is committed to ensuring better livelihoods for the people staying in remote villages of the protected areas and has brought out guidelines during June 2016 for extending relocation packages to these villages as well. A payment of Rs.10 lakh is made to each family,” he said adding, the infrastructural needs of these villages are also being taken up.

Mr.Patnaik said the conservation of nature and wildlife now is of much more paramount importance than ever before.
 
“It is a priority for the Government and we remain most committed to it in the interest of our future generations,” he said.
 
The Chief Minister said it is heartening to note that recent census figures have shown a rising trend of wildlife in the state.
 
“Our sustained efforts have yielded satisfactory results for salt water crocodiles, black bucks, elephants, migratory birds and dolphins.

The number of olive ridley turtles visiting the Odisha coast for nesting has steadfastly grown from 7.24 lakh in 2010-11 to an extent of 9.75 lakhs in 2016-17, because of better protection measures and awareness programs,” he said.
 
Mr.Patnaik said the arrival of migratory birds has increased from 8.58 lakh in 2010-11 to 10.79 lakh in 2016-17 and the tiger population has now reached 40 which was only 32 in 2011-12.
 
He said a team of experts from National Tiger Conservation Authority found that the prey base at Satkosia Tiger Reserve is up to mark and a program for relocation of tigers from the Central India Tiger Reserves is in the offing.
 
Mr.Patnaik also felicitated Chakradhar Hembram, the recipient of Biju-Patnaik Award for Wildlife Conservation for the year 2016-17 for outstanding contribution in the field of Wildlife Conservation and congratulated winners of various competitions organized to mark the event.
 
Forest and Environment Minister Bijayashree Routray, who was also present at the function, said the government was earlier giving an ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh to the kin of victims who lost their lives in wild animal attacks but it has now been raised by Rs 1 lakh.
 
The Government has decided to give compensation in case of deaths of sheep and goats for the first time in view of the loss several villagers incurred due to the recent attack by jackals across the State, said Additional Chief Secretary, Suresh Chandra Mohapatra.
 
Notably, nearly 1000 sheep and goats were killed in wild animals’ attack in Niali, Jagatsinghpur, Bhanjanagar and other parts of the State during July and August this year.
 
Principal Chief Conservator Of Forests (Wild Life) Sandeep Tripathy also graced the occasion.
 


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