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Odisha Government enhanced to Rs 4 lakh the ex gratia compensation for human deaths caused by wild animals

BHUBANESWAR:8/10/17: The Odisha Government on Saturday enhanced to Rs 4 lakh the ex gratia compensation for human deaths caused by wild animals in the state. It used to be Rs 3 lakh.
Last year, 85 persons were killed by wild animals in Odisha and the state government doled out Rs 2.45 crore towards compensation.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced the enhancement at the 63rd state-level Wildlife Week Celebrations organised by the Wildlife Organisation. The chief minister also announced compensation for cattle kills by wild animals. Sheep and goats will be compensated at the rate of Rs 2,000 per head and lambs at Rs 750.
Over Rs 14 crore is spend annually by the state government to compensate for human deaths and injuries, cattle kills, house and crop damage by wild animals.
Last month, the Wildlife Wing introduced a revolving fund under which divisional forest officers are authorised to pay 10 per cent of the ex gratia to the legal heirs of the deceased within 24 hours to check law and order situations arising out of killings by elephants and other wild animals.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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