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Wildlife board meeting discuss human-animal conflict, to increase ex-gratia

Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 07:39 [IST]

Last Update: Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 02:01 [IST]

Wildlife board meeting discuss human-animal conflict, to increase ex-gratia

GANGTOK, (IPR): The 21st meeting of the State Board of Wildlife, Sikkim was held at Samman Bhawan here which was chaired by Chief Minister P.S. Tamang (Golay), also the board chairperson.

The meeting was attended by Forest minister and vice chairperson Karma Loday Bhutia, MLA and member Sunita Gajmer and Forest PCCF M.L. Shrivastava, also the board member secretary.

The members of the board and their representatives from various government organizations namely DGP, Sikkim Police, secretary, Social Welfare department, Director DST, CEO STDC, director, Animal Husbandry department, Customs, Roads & Bridges department, Rural Development department and Home department were present.

Personnel from the ITBP, SSB, and 17 Mountain Division was present alongside various officials from the Forest department and NGOs WWF, Sikkim, Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee Yuksam, Muntanchi Lom Aal Shezum (MLAS) Dzongu and TMI, Gangtok.

The main agenda for the meeting was to facilitate wildlife clearance for developmental projects involving diversion of forest land under Protected Areas for proposed rural water supply schemes, road connectivity schemes and Defence proposal for establishment of the border outposts.

As per the agenda, the representatives of different user agencies presented their diversion cases which included Yumeysamdong and roads in Protected Areas.

The Chief Minister raised concern about the prevailing situation of human-wildlife conflict cases especially at Daramdin constituency. He directed to address the issue and tackle the situation under the provision of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. 

The board is also sensitive towards the Defence security requirement with ameliorative measures.

A major outcome from the discussions was increasing ex-gratia payments for victims of human-wildlife conflict resulting in death, grievous injury and simple injury caused by wild animals.

 

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi