State Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya informed that due to the human-elephant conflicts, a total of 812 people have lost their life in Assam in the past ten years. The forest minister stated this statement in the state assembly held on Wednesday.
While answering to a question by BJP MLA Terash Gowalla, the Forest Minister informed that Udalguri district has reported the highest number of 115 deaths. Sonitpur reported 103 deaths followed by 74 in Goalpara and 51 in Darrang.
The remaining deaths occurred in several districts across the state.
Several measures have been taken by the state government to mitigate human-animal conflict, Suklabaidya said.
The government, railways, power, and forest departments have in setting up a committee that provides information about the movement of animals, Suklabaidya said.
In order to prevent extinction elephant-human conflict, the district jurisdiction has been directed to from chosen groups that can cooperate together to prevent damage caused by animals.
In every district, Anti Depredation Squads have been set up to prevent extinction and each squad has been provided with tools needed to deal with the circumstances.
Financial grants have been authorized for fixing up watchtowers provided with night version devices, Suklabaidya said.
The minister further said that sensor-based barriers have been set up to monitor and control the movement of animals in Kaziranga National Park.
The district officials have been also commanded to use drones to monitor the movement of elephants and the power subdivision has been asked to take measures to stop the death of elephants due to electrocution, Suklabaidya said.