Govt shows humane side to Golavli villagers

Valpoi: Showing its humane side vis-à-vis the tiger
killings at Golavli in Sattari taluka, the government has extended solatium to
the family of a villager arrested over the killings of the four wild cats.

An amount of Rs 15,000 was released by Chief Minister
Pramod Sawant from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to family members of Vitho
Pawne of Golavli village whose cow was killed by a tiger that was later
poisoned to death.

The cheque was handed over to Vitho’s wife Gangi Pawane
by deputy conservator of forests, North Goa, Kuldeep Sharma, and Valpoi range
forest officer in presence of Thane-Dongurli sarpanch Prachita Gawas.

An amount of Rs 15,000 was also released from the CM
Relief Fund to Ladko Fati Jadhav of Derodem, a farmer whose cow was also killed
by a tiger recently.

Handing over the cheques to both the families, Sharma
said that the amount was released to
provide immediate relief to the families affected by the tiger attacks on their
domestic livestock.

Additional compensation amount as per the Livestock
compensation guidelines of 2012 will be released within this week, he said.
Malo Pawane at Golavli, whose buffalo was killed some days back, has been asked
to apply for compensation. The panchayat will assist the family in
documentation and filing of the application.

It is pertinent to note here that Vitho Pawane had
complained to the forest department that his cow was mauled to death by the
tiger, which also killed a buffalo of Malo Pawane.

However, the department did not act upon the complaint,
which made both the villagers poison the tiger. This led to killings of three
more tigers from the same tiger family.

The government machinery has pulled out all the stops to
help Dhangar families living in Golavli
village in the Mhadai Wildlife Sanctuary.

Taking cognisance of a memorandum that highlighted the
plight of those arrested in the tiger killings, deputy collector of Sattari
Mangaldas Gaonkar and other government functionaries visited the family members
of the arrested villagers.

Mangaldas Gaonkar assured the families of all help from
the government including ferrying of their children to schools.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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