Project Kaliru is launched by Forest and Environment Minister M.S.M. Anandan on Friday (11.09.2015) and released its Kaliru logo (Kaliru means Elephant) for the project.
More than 1000 staffs of forest department have attended the 22nd Annual State Forest Sports Meet in which Minister Anandan inaugurated and launched the Kaliru project. This project aims at bringing down man-animals conflicts. By this project, the measures will be taken to reduce the incidents of man-animal conflicts and issues like damage and property loss by animal attacks.
Recently, there is increase in human sufferings due to the animal visits to their farms and it damages the crops. It even kills the people and losses were increased. To identify and to decide on the loss of crop for the farmer E- compensation scheme was also launched by the Minister.
Chief Minister had increased the forest cover from 17 percent to 18.33 percent after she headed the Government. 33 percent forest cover will be achieved soon, Minister said in the meeting.
For the development of the forest various schemes has be launched by CM since 2011. CM had launched Rs. 100 crores project for developing Sandal wood forest in about 10 years and Rs. 50 crores was allocated for retrieving the Shola forest, he said.
To provide adequate protection for the people living near the forest areas, CM had announced recently setting up the Rapid Action Force at 8.64 crores in Nilgiris, Gudalur, Coimbatore, Krishnagiri and Thirunelveli. Minister had also distributed compensation for the family members of those who killed by elephants and for those who property and crops damaged.