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Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia for animal attack victims

Bhubaneswar, October 7, 2017: The Odisha Government has decided to enhance ex-gratia for human casualty caused by wild animal attacks to Rs four lakh. Currently, kin of victims of wild animal attacks are entitled to Rs three lakh as compensation.

“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. 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.7S0  will  be paid  for  every  lamb killed,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here.

Patnaik was speaking at the sixty third State-level Wildlife Week celebrations.

Expressing happiness over the rising trend of wildlife in the State Patnaik said, “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 programmes. Similarly, the arrival of migratory birds has increased from 8.58 lakh in 2010-11 to 10.79 lakh in 2016-17. The tiger population has now reached 40 which was only 32 in 2011-12.”

“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,” added Patnaik.

Maintaining that the team  of experts  from National  Tiger  Conservation   Authority which had conducted  the feasibility  study to ascertain  the habitat  of tigers  from another sanctuary found the prey base at Satkosia  Tiger  Reserve  is up to mark, Patnaik said a programme for relocation of tigers from the Central India Tiger Reserves is in the offing.

CM also felicitated Chakradhar Hembram with Biju Patnaik Award for Wildlife Conservation for the year 2016-17 for outstanding contribution in the field of wildlife conservation. Forest and Environment Minister Bijayashree Routray was present. 

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