Kin of victims killed by elephants to get jobs as Home Guards in Bengal – kolkata

The West Bengal authorities will present jobs to kin of victims killed by elephants in the state, chief minister Mamata Banerjee introduced on Tuesday.

“Till date villagers killed by elephants used to get a compensation of Rs 2.5 lakhs from the government. We have taken a policy decision that henceforth we will provide a family member of the victim with a job of Home Guard,” stated Banerjee.

At least 433 folks have been killed by elephants throughout West Bengal between April 2014 and September 2019. In Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, the demise toll was 447, 391 and 329 respectively throughout this era.

“There are around 200 elephants in south Bengal and around 500 elephants in north Bengal. Man-elephant conflict is common in both south Bengal and north Bengal,” stated a forest official.

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The chief minister, who was attending an administrative assembly of West Midnapore district in south Bengal, additionally promised a job for one member of the family of any one who was kidnapped by Maoists greater than a decade in the past and has remained untraceable.

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