Cash reward for info on lion poaching
GANDHINAGAR: In a drastic step to check killing of lions in Gir sanctuary, the
In case the wild cat is poached, those providing correct information about the whereabouts of those involved, will be rewarded with Rs 50,000.
The move, officials say would also increase the participation of locals in curbing the poaching menace.
The government has also formed a corpus fund for the lion conservation. Three officers - additional chief secretary (wildlife), additional conservator of forest (wildlife) and additional conservator of forest, would be managing this fund.
The state government was forced to take desperate measure to save the lion after eight lions were poached in different parts of the sanctuary and also outside, earlier this year.
The government also announced a compensation of Rs three lakhs for the kith and kin of villagers who are killed in an encounter with the lions. This compensation would be over and above the compensation given from the chief minister relief funds.
Also, any person injured in saving the lions from the poachers would get a compensation of Rs one lakh for permanent disability and Rs 50,000 for partial disability.
The government has also admitted that such poaching incidents are on the rise as there was a increase in the demand of the lion’s body parts.
New check posts in the national park, some with close circuit televisions and night vision cameras to capture any suspicious movement in the jungle are also being made. These check posts would be situated in Jasadhar range,