Task Force to Reduce Man-Animal Conflict in Odisha

The Odisha government has set up a task force to reduce the increasing instances of man-animal conflict in the state. The task force has been directed to prepare a three-year master plan for the same, Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha said.

The state government has asked the task force to submit a detailed plan within six weeks.

Arukha praised Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s continued efforts in keeping a check on such conflicts in the state.

“It is, therefore, essential to prioritise the activities and streamline different interventions to reduce man-animal conflict and have a master plan for three years so that funds under different schemes are spent as per this plan,” he said.

“The task force will include representatives of South Eastern Railways and East Coast Railways; chief engineer (roads), Works Department; Prof. Indramani Nath, Head of Department of Surgery and Radiology, Odisha Veterinary College and DFO Chandaka (wildlife) Division; among others,” added Arukha.

The task force has also been given the choice to induct or consult other individuals or institutions for the preparation of the master plan.

The minister believes the state should utilise schemes like CAMPA, MGNREGS and DMF for habitat development, digging of trenches and other protective measures.

“The district forest officers should have standard operating procedures with Railways, National Highways, State Highways, irrigation officials and electricity distribution companies with an institutional arrangement of regular monitoring and review at the circle, district and division levels,” he added.

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