State formulating a budget-friendly project to address wild animal attack after Centre rejects plan

K.R Prahladan

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Kottayam: Kerala is actively seeking alternatives after its request for Rs 620 crore to address wild animal attacks in residential areas was turned down by the Central government. From the large package proposed to the Centre, the state is preparing to take up a mini project selecting only essential aspects of the proposals that the state can afford on its own.

Finance and forest department secretaries were tasked with preparing a report. Minister A.K Saseendran said that the report will be ready soon. Raising an indemnity fund to pay compensation for wild animal attacks, identifying hotspots and recommending attack-preventive measures are the priority issues.

The report will be submitted to the Chief Minister. The state had hoped that at least a part of the proposed plan would be approved by the Centre. In the reply given to the state, Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav instructed Kerala to find resources on its own.

Along with the five-year Rs 620 crore proposal made to the Centre, the forest department had also prepared a ten-year Rs 1150 crore project proposal. The new report will take both these proposals into consideration but the financial crisis brewing in the state proves to be an obstacle in the implementation of such projects.

In the past seven years, 801 persons have died due to attacks by wild animals. 7648 people were injured and 6730 were offered compensation for such attacks.

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