Human-Wildlife Conflict In Wayanad District: Master Plan Within Two Months: As a permanent solution to the human-wildlife conflict in Wayanad district, Forest and Wildlife Department Minister AK Saseendran said that the comprehensive master plan prepared by the Forest Department will be completed within two months and for this purpose, discussions will be held at the official level with the people’s representatives and related people. The minister was speaking at an all-party meeting held at Sultan Batheri Gaja Forest IB Hall regarding the prevention of human-wildlife conflict in the district in the context of the tiger problem in Cheers.
A Nodal Nodal Officer has already been appointed to coordinate the activities as per the resolution passed earlier on October 6. A short-term plan for immediate implementation and a long-term plan for a permanent solution is among the objectives of the nodal officer’s appointment. Preliminary information and documents have been collected for the preparation of an overall master plan for Wayanad for the demarcation of forest and land. Now, what needs to be done in each place, what has been done so far, how effective they are, what are the suitable defense systems for each area, and prepare a plan through detailed discussions. For this, DFOs will hold consultations at local levels. The minister also informed that the matter will be examined from where to find funds for the implementation of projects under the master plan.
The master plan will include things like strengthening RRT, artificial intelligence systems for surveillance, and what line departments can do. The government will move forward in this regard only by taking the people into confidence. The popular protest against tiger harassment in Chiral was not seen as a move against the government. The government and others including the Chief Minister have taken a positive approach to it.
The situation in Kerala is not related to forest boundaries in states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra. There are fewer bordering residential areas. That is not the case here. So it should be understood that all the methods there are not practical here. Even buffer zone is not a problem in Gujarat etc. The minister said that after taking over the forest department, he has spoken to the administrators of four states.
The government sees a justified need to increase compensation. The Chief Minister also assured that the matter will be looked into seriously. However, it is not practical to have a retrospective effect. People’s interventions are welcome in the Vaithiri Panchayat model to separate forest and land. Nodal Officer, Zilla Panchayat President, and District Collector should intervene and try to utilize these opportunities to the maximum extent. Forest protection committees should be strengthened. In case of emergency, the officers should first rely on the Forest Protection Committees. The Forest Minister said that he would try to discuss the issue related to Beanachi Estate with the Chief Secretary and consult with the Madhya Pradesh government.
People’s representatives and representatives of political parties presented before the minister the problems related to the forest department and wildlife conflict in the district and their solutions. MLAs IC Balakrishnan, T. Siddique, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Rajesh Ravindran, District Collector A. Geeta, CCF Palakkad Muhammad Shabab, I&T CCF Narendra Babu, District Police Chief R. Anand, people’s representatives, representatives of various political parties and others were present. Then the minister also attended the reception organized by the workers of the joint committee in Chiral.
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