Oppn accuses Left govt of lacking plan to address man-animal conflict in Kerala

PTI, Feb 1, 2023, 11:59 AM IST

The Congress-led UDF opposition on Wednesday flayed the Kerala government in the state assembly for its alleged lack of a proper plan to address the increasing incidents of man-animal conflict in areas bordered by forests in the state.

Sharply criticising the LDF government for waiting for a study report to decide on the further course of action, the opposition staged a walkout after its demand to adjourn the House and discuss the issue was rejected by Speaker A N Shamseer.

The adjournment motion was denied after Kerala Forest Minister A K Saseendran said that officials of his department were working day and night to deal with the wildlife attacks in human settlements close to the forests.

He also said that the government was taking steps to protect agriculture close to forested areas by culling thousands of wild boars, which were destroying farmlands.

The government will conduct a scientific study to find out ways to prevent man-wildlife conflict in the state.

He also submitted that more than 600 people have died in wild animal attacks in the state in the last five years.

Slamming the Left government for waiting for a scientific study to decide further course of action, Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the state assembly V D Satheesan said that it indicates that the state administration has done nothing till now and has no plan or project to address the plight of those living close to forested areas.

Satheesan said that people, including farmers, residing in areas close to forests are living in constant fear for their lives and property as attacks by elephants, tigers and other wild animals were on a rise.

He said that there were not enough solar energy fences, which are being implemented in some villages in the Kannur and Idukki districts, and no other preventive measures, such as bio fencing, were being taken by the government.

The LoP and his UDF colleagues also contended, in the assembly, that the state government has not even compensated farmers who lost crops due to wild animal attacks and that it was about time it woke up to the issue of man-animal conflicts.

The LoP claimed that there were insurance policies for the same, but the state government has not even considered them.

”We are surprised and amazed at the stand taken by the government. We are objecting to it and in protest I and my party are walking out,” said Satheesan.

Similarly, other Congress allies in the opposition UDF also staged a walkout.

Kerala has been witnessing an increase in threats from wild animals, especially elephants and tigers.

In the prevailing scenario, an all-party meeting was held in Idukki on Tuesday under the aegis of Forest and Water Resources ministers to discuss measures to deal with the issue.

The meeting was held in the wake of huge protests staged by locals seeking a permanent solution to prevent elephant herds from entering the area and wreaking havoc.

In the meeting it was decided to erect a 21-kilometer-long solar fencing around the inhabited areas, which face the wildlife attack the most.

In Wayanad district, a large number of villagers had on Tuesday taken out a protest march and laid siege to a busy road demanding immediate intervention of authorities to check the increasing threat posed by wild animals, especially tigers.

Around 15 domestic animals including goats had been reportedly killed by tigers, on the prowl in residential areas, in the last two months in Ponmudikotta there.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Law panel backs sedition law; says it should be retained with safeguards to prevent misuse

Outcome of 2024 elections will ‘surprise’ people: Rahul Gandhi

Bhojpuri singer Nisha Upadhyay shot at in celebratory firing during her show in Saran

Subrahmanya: Car hits group of PUC students; 3 seriously injured

Foxconn plans to start manufacturing iPhones at Bengaluru plant by April 2024: Min M B Patil

Kadaba: MESCOM lineman electrocuted to death while repairing power line

MS Dhoni has successfully undergone knee surgery in Mumbai: CSK CEO Viswanathan

Related Articles More

Law panel backs sedition law; says it should be retained with safeguards to prevent misuse

Outcome of 2024 elections will ‘surprise’ people: Rahul Gandhi

Encounter breaks out in J-K’s Rajouri

Rahul Gandhi not serious about politics, should start an NGO: BRS leader KT Rama Rao

US Ambassador Garcetti meets BJP chief J P Nadda


Here’s a simple home remedy to make black lips look red.

Tribe people in brhills

An accident between cars on National Highway 66, four injured

Natana Rangashaale | Udayavani

Jagadish shettar defeated Basavaraj bommai in 1994

Latest Additions

Law panel backs sedition law; says it should be retained with safeguards to prevent misuse

Repair works rescheduled: No water from June 4 to June 6 in parts of Mangaluru

83% Indians would delegate as much work as possible to AI: Microsoft report

Karkinos Healthcare conducts transformative digital cancer risk assessment and cervical cancer screening camp at Bangalore Central Prison

Outcome of 2024 elections will ‘surprise’ people: Rahul Gandhi