The regional Lok Adalat has ordered the Forest Department to file a comprehensive report on the action taken to address the man-animal conflict, within the next three months

Taking objection to the inadequate report submitted to it on the issue, the Lok Adalat here on Saturday also asked the Regional Commissioner of Mysore M.V. Jayanthi to convene a meeting of the heads of departments, including Police and Revenue, and seek their support to address the matter.

Lok Adalat member A.N. Yellappa Reddy demanded that the Chief Conservator of Forests (CFF), not the Conservator of Forests (CF) B.P. Ravi make the presentation on behalf of the Forest Department.

However, CFF Ajai Misra said he had come prepared to make a presentation on the human-elephant conflict in the Mysore elephant reserve, as he is the field director of Project Elephant.

This argument did not find favour with Karnataka High Court judge N.K. Patil, who chaired the Lok Adalat.

Demanding further details on the issue, including information of the action plan, Mr. Paril reprimanded Mr. Misra and warned of further action if a comprehensive report was not submitted.

Project Tiger director B.G. Hosmath and CF B.P. Ravi could not make their presentations.

Forest Rights Bill

On the occasion, Mysore Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta pointed out that 46,218 tribal people reside in the district. Of them, 5,387 had submitted claims under the Forest Rights Bill. As many as 817 applicants had been granted the rights and title deeds issued to 70, while 4,550 claims had been rejected for “technical reasons”.

He said the Rs. 15 crore had been set aside for tribal development.

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