Sunday, October 20, 2013

CONCERN OVER JUMBO DEATHS, FARMERS’ LOSSMonday, 21 October 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Monday, 21 October 2013 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
The recent death of a five-year-old female elephant near Khalipali in Agalpur block has once again raised the man-animal conflict in this otherwise peaceful area and the damagesto the paddy crop by the elephants come at a time when it was getting ready for harvest.
The death of the elephant has raised question mark on the functioning of the elephant squads in Balangir district, said former MP Balgopal Mishra.
Although as per the official record the elephant died due to “heart attack”, people wonder what happened which led to heart attack for an animal like elephant, said Mishra.
In April this year, the decomposed body of an elephant was found at a village, raising question on the role of the Forest Department personnel.
“I had apprised the district Collector and Divisional Forest Officer 15 days ago about the situation, but their response was not satisfactory as far as the protection of elephants and interests of crop-losingfarmers is considered,” said Mishra, adding that, the compensation amount given by the Government for crop damage by elephants is inadequate.
He demanded that the Government hike the compensation and pay it within 15days of crop damage. Elephants are staying in the region since last few years and for the protection of elephants and forests, the entire 120-sqkm forest area should be declared as an elephant sanctuary, added Mishra, besides demanding solar fencing wall around the forest so that the elephants cannot come out from the forest.

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