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06 April 2017

Villagers Got the Compensation in Just 12 Hours from the Ranthambore Forest Department

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

News Update: 05-April-2017

As the human-animal confrontation increased around the Reserve Forests and National Parks in Rajasthan, especially, around the Ranthambore National Park, the officials of the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve took the landmark decision to accelerate the process of releasing the compensation to the afflicted villagers.

The compensation release process that earlier took a minimum of around one month and a maximum of around ten months, now resolved in just about 12 hours.

Recently, a tiger has killed two cows on 2nd April in a village named Jogipura near the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve Park. A team was sent by the forest officials to see the situation and estimate the loss. The obligatory documents were prepared and two cheques of Rs 10,000 each for the two cows were given to the cow owners as compensation by the noon.

The cheques were handed over by the field director Y. K. Sahu and Marc Everard from Univesity of West England who authored a research paper on 'Ecosystem service enhancement for the alleviation of wildlife-human conflicts in the Aravalli Hills, Rajasthan, India' which has been published recently.

Dharmendra Khandal from Tiger Watch NGO which also has made the contribution in the compensation amount said, "Quick resolution of the human-animal conflict is crucial for wildlife conservation, especially when it comes to protecting tiger and leopard. It is an insurance against revenge killing of wild animals by antagonized villagers." That's why; the compensation was given even though the forest department had not yet got the funds for the financial year 2017-18 from the government.

As per the research carried out by an NGO Tiger Watch about the time taken by the department to distribute the compensation for livestock killed by wild animals, there has been a tremendous improvement noticed in reducing the time span. In 2008-09, the time span was around 320 days, but in the past few years, the average time of disbursement of compensation reduced up to 30-40 days.

But this time, after the decisions taken at a meeting in February to fast-track the process, it happened rapidly within 12 hours after the cattle were killed. In a meeting held by forest Minister Gajendra Khimsar and additional chief secretary (forest) N C Goel, a decision was taken for enhancing the compensation rates as well as simplifying the process for disbursement in order to minimize the human-animal conflict.