The Tiger Reserve management is prompt on giving the compensation for cattle kills, injuries to human being, crop damage by the wildlife, so as to avoid the negative impact of the local villager and to set further public support for conservation cause. The Tiger Reserve management also ensures that the cattle kill left by the Tiger / Panther is burnt immediately to avoid poisoning of the carcass by revengeful locals, people.
Ex-gratia will be payable towards injury or loss of human lifeand crop damages by any wild animal except Snakes and Monkeys in the State in accordance with the G.O. Ms No.57, EFS&T(For.II) Dept., Dated:29.05.2014 of Government of Andhra Pradesh.
The maximum limit of Ex-gratia, shall not exceed Rs.5,00,000/- 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.2,000/- shall be paid on the same day of the death by the Divisional Forest Officer which will be deducted from the Ex-gratia sanctioned.
In case of grievous injury, exgratia of Rs.75,000/- along with medical expenses shall be paid for the following:-
- Total permanent disablement resulting in disqualification to continue in any avocation.
- Grievous hurt falling within section 320 of the Indian Penal Code.
- Permanent privation of sight of either eye.
- Privation of any member of joint of the body.
- Destruction or permanent impairing of powers of any member of joint of the body.
- Permanent disfiguration of face or head.
In case of minor injury the actual cost of medical treatment shall be paid on production of medical bill certified by a Government doctor not below the rank of Assistant Civil Surgeon and the treatment should preferably be taken in a Government Hospital.
However in case of injury or hospitalization of the victim, advance payment up to a maximum of Rs.10,000/- to be paid upon sanction by the Divisional Forest Officer / Wildlife Warden having jurisdiction over the area in consultation with the hospital authorities to be adjusted in final payment.
The compensation for death of domestic cattle (which term includes Buffalos, Bullocks, bulls, Cows, Sheep and their young ones but does not include Goats & Camels inside sanctuary) killed by a carnivore which term for the purpose of this rule includes, hyena, Wolf, Wild Dog, Bear, Panther, crocodile and Tiger.
- Compensation will be payable when any cattle is killed by a Carnivore, No compensation shall however be paid for migratory cattle killed inside the Sanctuary.
- No compensation shall be paid for any cattle killed in a National park.
- Information regarding the kill of cattle by a Carnivore should be given to the nearest Forest Officer by the owner within 48 hours i.e., (2 days) of the killing.
- Under no circumstances the cattle killed 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 a Forest Beat Officer.
- There should be no case of wildlife killed due to poisoning within (6) days from the date of kill within 10 Kms. from the place of cattle kill.
- No compensation is to be paid to the owner if it is found that the cattle were not authorized to graze in the area.
- The incident of cattle killed by a carnivore should be certified by Forest Officer not below the rank of Forest Section Officer/Forester who will verify the age, general health and also estimate the value of the cattle killed, upon conduct of Panchanama.
- The amount of compensation shall be the market value of the cattle killed as assessed by live-stock Inspector or Veterinary Officer or village Sarpanch as per availability.
- The Concerned Divisional Forest Officer / Wildlife Warden / Assistant Conservator of Forests in whose jurisdiction the cattle kill has occurred shall sanction the compensation to the owner of the cattle killed.
- The full compensation can be paid in cash/draft/cheque as desired by the villager in the presence of two local panchas, including the village Sarpanch.
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 / Tahsildar concerned.
b) The damages caused to crop the compensation shall be paid as follows:-
- The damage caused to agricultural crop other than paddy and sugarcane be paid upto Rs.6,000/- per acre.
- The compensation for the damages caused to paddy crop be paid upto Rs.6,000/- per acre if entire crops is damaged.
- The compensation for the damage caused to sugarcane crop may be paid upto Rs.6,000/- per acre, if entire crop is damaged.
- The compensation for the damage caused to grown up Mango Trees and Coconut Trees may be paid up to Rs.1,500/- per tree, for total damage of trees.
- Damage to Horticulture Crops like Banana and Citrus Fruit Trees, be compensated as follows:
||Crop Damage-Per Acre
||Upto value of Rs.7,500/- Full Payment limited to the loss assessed per acre.
||Ranging value from Rs.7,500/- to Rs.35,000/- - 50% of the loss assessed subject to minimum of Rs.7,500/- and maximum of 21,250/- per acre.
||Above Rs.35,000/- - 30% of the loss assessed subject to minimum of Rs.21,250/- and maximum of Rs.50,000/- per acre(Extent and value of damaged crop as assessed by Revenue officer).
Provided that where the damage is caused by wild animals namely, wild boar, deer and antelopes, gaur and Indian elephant. The following cases are not eligible for payment of compensation:-
- Forest land under encroachment.
- Person against whom any offence has been booked under A.P. Forest Act, 1967 or Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
- Villages from which poaching cases had been reported during last one month.