Nagpur: Even as condolences poured in over the tragic loss of life of forest guard Swati Dhumne in Tadoba, there was criticism that the chief minister’s announcement of Rs15 lakh assist to her subsequent of kin and a job for her husband had been only a formality and nothing new.
Condoling the loss of life of Dhumne, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday introduced the kin of the forest guard could be given Rs15 lakh as per the forest division budgetary provision, and a job within the forest division.
Ajay Patil, central president of Maharashtra State Forest Guards and Promoted Foresters Sanghatana, stated, “The CM’s announcement is mere eyewash. As per the state GR issued in 2018, the compensation in case of attack by wild animals is Rs15 lakh. This is also applicable to any person who is fatally attacked by wild animals prescribed in the list.”
Secondly, Patil stated the announcement of the job to the kin of Dhumne can be not new. As per the present provisions, a job is given to the rapid kin of the deceased workers. So, Dhumne’s husband getting a job can be not a brand new factor.
“The chief minister should have given at least Rs50 lakh in the name of her daughter for future education and needs. TATR should immediately stop estimation work till safety measures are in place,” Patil stated.
Patil recalled when forest guard Madanlal Verma was shot useless by the timber mafia at Dewas on February 4, 2021. Madhy Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan not solely granted standing of ‘shahid’ to the sufferer but additionally introduced an ex-gratia of Rs1 crore to his kin and a job. “Why can’t Maharashtra CM take a similar stand?” he requested.
According to PCCF (wildlife) Sunil Limaye, a cheque of Rs5 lakh and Rs50,000 money have been handed over to the kin of Dhumne from Tiger Conservation Foundation (TCF). Her service dues can even be launched subsequent week. “We will make a sound financial plan for her 4-year-old daughter from various sources and government,” stated Limaye.
However, sources stated, “The Rs5 lakh aid is from TCF. But the Rs50,000 aid will be adjusted in Rs15 lakh human kill compensation as per GR.”
Patil stated, “The Rs15 lakh package is the same as what other tiger attack victims get. The job offer to the dependent is also mandatory as per the GR. So, Thackeray’s announcement is a cruel joke on Dhumne. This meagre compensation is unacceptable.”
Meanwhile, Dhumne’s loss of life was additionally condoled by Union surroundings minister Bhupender Yadav. “I’m deeply saddened by the death of Dhumne. Our forest front line heroes are doing a great job, fraught with risks,” Yadav stated.
The IFS Association (Central) too stated Dhumne gave the supreme sacrifice within the line of responsibility when she was engaged in All India Tiger Estimation (AITE)-2022.
Jamni-Pandharpaoni highway closed
Stung by Dhumne’s loss of life, the TATR administration has closed the Jamni-Pandharpaoni highway for tourism as a matter of precaution. Since Sunday night no autos had been allowed on the 6-km stretch. Now vacationers gained’t have the ability to go to two hotspots — Water Hole 97 and Yenbodi — probably the most frequented areas by tigress Maya, who killed the girl forest guard.