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
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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