Kerala

Take measures to prevent wildlife attacks: Minister

‘Cooperation with local communities needed’

Forest Minister K. Raju here on Thursday called for greater cooperation between the Forest Department and local communities in scaling up the measures to check wildlife attacks in forest fringes.

Inaugurating the Kottayam District Forest Adalat in Erumeli, the Minister said vigilant committees comprising elected representatives and Forest officials had been constituted in as many as 204 local bodies in Kerala. He also directed the authorities to convene the meeting of these vigilant committees every three months to review its preparedness against such attacks and assess the losses incurred.

The State government has established a 40.81 km-long solar fencing in Erumeli at a cost of ₹50 lakh. Additionally, ₹20 lakh has been set aside for compensating the losses incurred due to wildlife attacks.

An order enabling the Divisional Forest Officers to shoot down the wild boars causing crop loss has been issued. Steps are in place for rolling out a fleet of 40 vehicles and weapons for the field staff.

The authorities are also slated to launch a new forest station along with a barrack at Vandanpathal near Erumeli. A proposal for alloting compensation to those injured in wasp or honey bee attacks is under active consideration of the government.

During the adalat, the authorities settled all the 35 applications taken up for consideration. Of these, 23 were disposed in favour of the petitioner while the remaining 12 applications were rejected after due consultations. Additionally, compensation worth ₹32,229 was handed over to the beneficiaries .

62 complaints

Meanwhile, the authorities also received as many as 62 complaints during the adalat. The Minister has directed the authorities to address and settle those complaints within a time frame of 30 days.

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