Govt to compensate in case of any loss: minister (Bangladesh)
The Daily Star
March 11, 2023
Environment Minister Md Shahab Uddin urged people not to kill elephants, as
the government will provide compensation in case of any loss caused by the
critically endangered animal.
The minister made the appeal at an event organised to hand over cheques of
compensation to the families who lost their near ones in human-elephant
conflicts in Rangamati's Kaptai. Fourteen families received Tk 6.30 lakh.
Shahab said the government has raised the amount of compensation from Tk 1
lakh to 3 lakh for death. In case of injury, the amount has been raised to
Tk 1 lakh from 50,000. Farmers will be given Tk 50,000, which was Tk 25,000
earlier, if their crops are damaged in elephant raids.
The minister said the crops are being raided as human settlement and
development shrunk elephant habitat. An 8-kilometre solar fence has been
built to fend off elephant attacks in Kaptai.
He said under various projects in the hilly areas, fodder gardens for
elephants are being created to enrich the forest and reduce food crisis.
Md Amir Hossain Chowdhury, chief conservator of Forest Department; Bipul
Krishna Das, Chattogram region conservator of forests; and Saiful Islam,
additional deputy commissioner of Rangamati, spoke as special guests in the
meeting chaired by Rangamati Region Forest Conservator Mohammad Mizanur