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There should be no loss of life or property due to wild animals – CM Chouhan

Thursday - February 25, 2021 11:17 pm , Category : MADHYA PRADESH


Forest Department should make adequate security arrangements
Chief Minister Chouhan issues instructions during the meeting 
 
 
Bhopal 25 February 2021: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that there should be no loss of life or public property due to attacks by wild animals. The Forest Department should ensure adequate arrangements in this connection. Loss of public property due to wild elephant attacks in Khairi village in Sidhi district is a very unfortunate incident. It should be ensured that such incidents do not recur elsewhere.
Chief Minister Chouhan issued these instructions in a meeting with senior officials of the Forest department.

Principal Secretary Forests Ashok Varnwal, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Rajesh Shrivastava, Chief Wildlife Warden Alok Kumar, etc. were present. On Monday, three people died in wild elephant attack in Khairi village in Sanjay Tiger Reserve buffer zone in Sidhi district.

All protective measures must be taken

Chief Minister Chouhan directed that all protective measures should be taken for protection from wild animals. The Forest Department should set up special teams, which are well –equipped with suitable vehicles, wireless and other protective equipments. Senior officers must monitor the teams working every day.

Eco development committees should be activated

Eco development committees should be activated in villages and a response team should be formed in each village to ensure protection from wild animals including elephants etc. This team should keep in constant touch with the Tiger Reserve management. The villagers should be constantly informed about the movement of wild animals.

Movements of elephants must be monitored

Chief Minister Chouhan said that officers and employees of the Forest department should constantly monitor the movement of elephants. Efforts must be made to direct the elephants from the populated area towards the forests. If a herd of elephants enters the human settlements, villagers must be alerted on time so as to avoid any untoward incident. Forest department officials must prepare an action plan to prevent entry of herd of elephants in residential areas. Villagers must be notified through loudspeakers constantly regarding movement of elephants.

Villagers must be made aware

Chief Minister Chouhan directed that the villagers must be made aware regarding protection from wild animals. Awareness campaigns and workshops should be conducted in this regard. Elephant experts should be summoned from states like West Bengal, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh etc.

How to drive away wild elephants

The Chief Minister instructed in the meeting that measures like use of chilli powder, bursting of firecrackers and setting fire should be taken to drive away wild elephants. Experts should be consulted in connection with the ‘radio collaring’ of the leader of the elephant herd for the constant monitoring of the elephants.

Assistance of Rs 4 lakh each sanctioned to affected family

On Monday, three persons, including two children, were killed in an attack by wild elephants in Khairi village in Pondi Bastua area of ​​Sidhi district. Those who were killed include Gorelal Yadav, 50, Ramlal 10 and Ram Pratap 8 years. Financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each has been sanctioned to the families of the deceased. Along with this, an amount of Rs. 5 thousand has been granted for the last rites besides an additional assistance of Rs 10 thousand to the distressed families.

Rs one lakh each for repair of damaged houses

Chief Minister Chouhan said that the affected families will be provided with financial assistance of Rs one lakh each for the repair of the houses that have been damaged by elephants,. The owners of the houses which have been completely destroyed by elephants, will be sanctioned new houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Window to News