Man-animal conflict can be resolved through technology: Bhupender Yadav

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Siliguri, WB, INDIA-April 19, 2016: Group of young boys disturbing the elephants very closely near Siliguri

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav on Wednesday said that the ongoing man-animal conflict can be resolved with the vigilant use of technology along with a sympathizing approach towards wild animals.

While talking to the media persons on his arrival at the  Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru Yadav said, “ We came to know that there is an animal-human conflict, especially in Wayanad and the border of Bandipur and Wayanad.”

“In order to resolve the ongoing man-animal conflict, we should use the technology vigilantly while also adopting a sympathizing approach towards animals. Central government has been issuing advisories in this regard” said the Union Minister.

Terming the situation very grave,  Yadav  said, “I have been apprised of the current situation by the ministry officials. I have called the senior scientists from WII , ministry officials and the State officials to discuss the situation. We will take care of it.”

The Union Minister also said that he would meet the victims and ensure the compensation issued by Central government reaches the victims positively.

In India, every year hundreds of people and animals die due to human-animal conflict. According to the MoEFCC, 125 humans died in conflict with tigers between 2018-2020 and 1,503 humans died in the human-elephant conflict between 2018-19 and 2020-21.

Under the present system, a compensation of Rs. 500,000 is given in case of death or permanent incapacitation of a person in human-wildlife conflict, Rs. 200,000 for grievous injury, and Rs. 25,000 for treatment of minor injuries.

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