Man-animal conflict claimed 30 lives in 2 years: Govt

The government said 21 were killed during 2016-17 and 9 in 2017-18.

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Jammu, Publish Date: Jan 21 2018 1:09AM | Updated Date: Jan 21 2018 1:13AM
Man-animal conflict claimed 30 lives in 2 years: GovtGK Photo

Government Saturday said in the Lower House that 30 people were killed in last two years in man-wild conflicts in the state.

The government said 21 were killed during 2016-17 and 9 in 2017-18.

This was revealed in a written reply of forest minister Lal Singh to National Conference MLA Mubarak Gul.

The minister is his reply said that there were 120 fire incidents in the valley in last two years in Kashmir.

The government said that Rs 44 lakhs have been paid as compensation to the 97 persons injured during 2017-18 in man-wild animal conflict while Rs 60 lakh have been paid to 156 injured in 2016-17.

“In cases of 9 deaths in 2017-18, Rs 18 lakh have been paid as compensation while in 21 deaths during 2017-18 Rs 18 lakh have been paid,” the government reply stated.

The government also said that during 2017-18, 25 fire incidents happened in North forest division in Kashmir while 17 took place in Shopian forest division.

In central and south forest divisions in the Valley 16 and 13 fire incidents took place respectively.

“A network of Informers has been established in more susceptible/vulnerable villages, close coordination is maintained with Forest Department and its sister wings to combat man-animal conflict promptly and effectively, besides awareness programmes are organized to sensitize people on wild animal attacks” he added.

The Minister elaborated that as per latest census conducted in March 2017 the number of Hangul in Dachigam landscape stand at 182 ± 39.39 with an upper and lowest limit of 214 and 138.

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