Man-animal conflict can be resolved with vigilant use of tech, sympathizing approach: Bhupender Yadav

Bengaluru: Committed to do everything to protect human lives and maintain ecological balance, Union Minister says

BY | Wednesday, 21 February, 2024

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav has said on Wednesday that the ongoing man-animal conflict can be resolved with the vigilant use of technology along with a sympathizing approach towards wild animals.

Yadav is visiting Wayanad in Kerala today with experts from MoEFCC and Wildlife Institute of India. Three people had recently lost their lives in wild animal encounters. While two were killed by elephants, one was killed in tiger attack.

“We came to know that there is an animal-human conflict, especially in Wayanad and the border of Bandipur and Wayanad,” Yadav told media persons while also informing that during his visit, he would meet the victims and ensure the compensation issued by Central government reaches the victims positively.

“I have been apprised of the current situation by the ministry officials. I have called the senior scientists from WII, ministry officials and the State officials to discuss the situation. We will take care of it,” the Union Minister said.

A day earlier, Yadav presided over a meeting of senior officials from the Ministry in New Delhi today to review the man-animal conflict at Pulpally in Wayanad district of Kerala. “We remain committed to do everything it takes to protect human lives and maintain ecological balance,” he asserted in a post on X.

Wayanad is represented by Congress’ Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha. The Member of Parliament made an emergency visit to his constituency on 17th February where he visited the families of the victims.

Speaking to the press the following day, Gandhi urged the district administration to be prompt in releasing the compensations and suggested setting up and testing an early warning system. He also stressed the importance of coordination between the States of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

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