Government mulls wildlife division in Poonch: Mian Altaf

Srinagar, Oct 9: Minister for Forests, Mian Altaf Ahmed today informed the House that Government is mulling to establish a separate wildlife Division in Poonch district to look after the rare spec...

Srinagar, Oct 9: Minister for Forests, Mian Altaf Ahmed today informed the House that Government is mulling to establish a separate wildlife Division in Poonch district to look after the rare species of animals and to tackle the man-animal conflicts in the area.
 Replying to a question by Aijaz Ahmed Jan in Legislative Assembly, Mian Altaf said, Government has enhanced ex-gratia from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh to next of kin whose dear ones lose their lives in man-animal conflict incidents. He said the compensation for those persons injured in such incidents has also been increased up to 30 person.
 He said modalities for engagement of local people on temporary basis to tackle the man-animal conflict situations in the State are under consideration of the Government.

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