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GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH
ABSTRACT

FORESTS – Wild Life – Payment of Compensation for loss of Life or Injury to Human Life and Cattle killed due to attack of Wild Animals – Enhancement of amount – Modified Orders – Issued.


--------- ENVIRONMENT FORESTS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (FOR.III) DEPARTMENT

G.O.Ms.No.130 Dated: 8th Otober, 1997.

                                Read the following:-
1. G.O.Ms.No.51, Environment, Forests, Science & Technology (For.III) Department, dt. 11-03,1992.
2. G.O.Ms.No.100 Environment, Forests, Science & Technology (For.III) Department. Dt. 06-05-1993.
3. High Court Orders Dt. 13.11.1995 in W.P.No.17746/88.
4. Rept. from the Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee, Chittoor District, 355 Balaji Colony ----- -- Tirupathi.
5. From the Prl.Chief Conservator of Forests, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad Ref.No.373/95/WL3, dt. 09-08-96 & -- 24-05-97.

        In the G.O’s.1st and 2nd read above, orders were issued fixing the extent of compensation payable to the victims and farmers whose crop has been damaged due to Wild Life Attack. The contents of which in brief are as follows:-

Norms

Payment of Ex-gratia

Loss of Life

Rs. 20,000/-.

Injurious to Victims

One-third  of Loss of life amount  in the case of grievous
injury and cost of treatment if the injury is minor.

Damage to house or crop or any other property

As per assessment of damage, compensation should be revised subsequently to bring it on par with the amount admissible to riot victims or for Natural Calamities or as fixed by Revenue Department. The quantum of compensation may be reviewed periodically with a view to bring it on par with any better norm.

Cattle killed

Market value as fixed by Animal Husbandry Department.

Government made all these provisions during the year 1992. Since then there has been persistent demand from various Public Organisations to enhance the amount of compensation for the damage caused by the Wild Animals. There has been also a demand to simplify and rationalise the procedure for payment of compensations.


In the reference 5th read above, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, has submitted proposals in super session of the orders already issued in the G.O.Ms.No.51, Environment, Forests, Science & Technology (For.III) Department, dt. 13-02-92 and G.O.Ms.No.100, Environment, Forests, Science & Technology (For.III) Department, Dt. 06-05-93.


After careful consideration and in supercession of the orders issued in the Government orders 1st and 2nd read above, Government approve the revised proposals for payment of compensation for loss of life or injury to human lives and cattle killed due to attack of Tigers or other Wild Animals to the State, as specified in the rules in Appendix – I, II, III & IV to this order.


The expenditure on this account shall be debitable to the following head of account:-
2406 – Forestry & Wild Life
02 – Environmental Forestry and Wild Life
M.H.110 – Wild Life Preservation
S.H. (07) – Payment of compensation for loss of life or injury to human lives and cattle killed due to attack of Wild Animals.


The Conservator of Forests / Deputy Chief Wild Life Warden having jurisdiction over the area is authorised to incur expenditure under the above head of account. He is also authorised to incur expenditure under the above head of account in relaxation of treasury control orders pending provision of funds either by way of reappropriation of savings available within the grant or by obtaining supplementary grant as the case may be during the current financial year.


The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, is requested to take necessary action for providing funds in the Budget under the above head of account. He is also requested to render accounts to the Accountant General, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad for the expenditure incurred through cheques under the above head of account.
This order is issued with the concurrence of Finance & Planning ( FW. Exp.EFES&T) Department vide their U.O.No. 3383/ Secy. (R&E)/97, Dated. 06-10-97.


(BY ORDER AND IN THE NAME OF THE GOVERNOR OFANDHRA PRADESH)

                            C.S.RANGACHARI
                    PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

           
A P P E N D I X - I

RULES FOR PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION OF CATTLE KILLED BY CARNIVORES IN ANDHRA PRADESH STATE

    The financial assistance as compensation for death of domestic cattle (which term includes Buffaloes, Bullocks, Bulls Cows, Sheep and their young ones but does not include Goats) killed by a Carnivore which term for the purpose of this rule includes, Hyena, Wolf, Wild Dog, Bear, Panther, Crocodile and Tiger shall be given subject to the fulfillment of the following conditions:-

1. Compensation will be payable when any cattle is killed by Carnivore. No compensation shall, however be paid for migratory cattle killed inside the Sanctuary.

2. Information regarding the kill of a cattle by a Carnivore should be given to the nearest forest officer by the owner within 72 hours i.e. (3 days) of the killing.

3. Under no circumstances the kill be shifted from the place where it was killed or found left by the carnivore till it is inspected by a forest officer, not below the rank of Forest Guard.

4. From the date of killing, there should be no report of death of any carnivore, within 15 days (within a radius of 20 Kilometres) on account of poisoning or other attempts by any person.

5. The incident of cattle killed by a carnivore should be certified by a Forest Officer. An Officer not below the rank of Forest Range Officer will verify the age, its general health and also estimate the value of the cattle killed.

6. The amount of compensation in an individual case of cattle killed shall be the market value of the cattle ,as assessed by the live stock inspector or veterinary officer or village sarpanch as per availability.

7. The concerned wild life warden in sanctuary areas and concerned divisional forest in other areas shall sanction the co

8. Compensation to the owner of the cattle killed “on account”payment up to a limit of Rs .1000/- pending valuation of the cattle and the conservator of forests (deputy chief wild life warden ) having jurisdiction over the area shall be the authority to sanction the compensation over and above Rs.1000/- not exceeding the market value of such killed cattle.
                      
A P P E N D I X - II

RULES FOR PAYMENT OF EXGRATIA FOR INJURY OR TO LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE DUE TO ATTACK BY CARNIVORS IN ANDHRA PRADESH STATE .

    Ex-gratia will be payable towards injury or loss of human life by Wild Animals anywhere (which includes Hyena, Wolf, Wild God, Bear, Wild Pig, Wild Elephant, Panther, Tiger, Male Deer (Stag), Black Buck and Crocodile) except Snakes and Monkeys in the State on fulfillment of the following conditions : -

1. Spot inspections should be done preferably within 2 days if it is loss of life, by a forest officer not below the rank of forest range officer or by a police officer not below the rank of sub-inspector.

2. A Medical Certificate as to the cause of injury or loss of life will be necessary from a Government Doctor not below the rank of Assistant Civil Surgeon, in respect of such happening.

3. The ex-gratia granted will be paid to the person injured or to the legal heir in the case of death of the person.

4. The maximum limit of Ex-gratia, in an individual case shall not exceed Rs. 1,00.000/- in case of loss of human life. Half of the amount shall be paid in cash through Demand Draft and remaining shall be paid through long term deposits. Funeral charges of Rs.1,00.000/- shall be paid on the same day by the Divisional Forest Officer, which will be deducted from the Ex-gratia sanctioned.

5. In case of grievous injury an amount of Rs.20,000/- shall be paid for the following : -
(a) Total permanent disablement resulting in disqualification to continue in any avocation.
(b) Grievous hurt falling within section 320 of the Indian Penal Code.

(i) Emasculation.
(ii) Permanent privation of sight of either eye.
(iii) Privation of any member of Joint of the body.
(iv) Destruction or permanent impairing of powers of any member of joint of the body.
(v) Permanent disfiguration of face or head.

6. In case of minor injury the actual cost of treatment shall be paid on production of medical bill certified Assistant Civil Surgeion.

A P P E N D I X – III

RULES FOR PAYMENT OF EX-GRATIA FOR DAMAGES TO HOUSES OR CROP OR ANY OTHER PROPERTY DUE TO ATTACK BY THE WILD ANIMALS.

    The compensation for damage to house or crop or any other property shall be paid as follows: -

(a) Damage to house or property :- The actual value as assessed by the Mandal Revenue Officer concerned.
(b) The damages caused to crop the compensation shall be paid as follows : -
(i) The damage caused to agricultural crop other than Paddy and Sugarcane be paid upto Rs.1,000/- per acre.
(ii) The compensation for the damages caused to Paddy Crop be paid upto Rs.2,000/- per acre if entire crops is damaged.
(iii) The compensation for the damages caused to Sugarcane Crop may be paid upto Rs.2,500/- per acre if entire crop is damaged.
(iv) The compensation for the damage caused to grown up Mango Trees and Coconut Trees may be paid upto Rs.200/- per tree for total damage of trees.
(v) Damage to Horticulture Crops like Banana and Citrus Fruit Trees, be compensated based on the assessment of Revenue Officials.

A P P E N D I X – IV


REWARDS TO INFORMERS OF KILLING OF SCHEDULE ANIMALS.
    The informers of the Wild Animals killed inside the Forests shall be rewarded as follows: -

1) The information on death of Tiger, Panther and Elephant leading to discovery of the dead body. Rs. 500/- in each case.
2. However, in case of Tiger this may upto Rs.5,000/- if it leads to apprehension of offender in view of the importance of
the conservation of Tiger.)
Schedule falling under the Wild life (Protection) Act, 1972.


                            C.S.RANGACHARI
                    PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT