Maha govt to compensate kin of farmers
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Last Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012, 17:23
Mumbai: Maharashtra Government on Friday informed the legislative Assembly that kin of farmers who die of snake bite while working in their farms would be compensated.

The issue came up during the question hour when the Lower House was debating compensation to farmers who suffer losses due to wild animals.

Independent MLA Bachu Kadu wondered why farmers who die of snake bite are left out.

Forest Minister Patangrao Kadam agreed to the demand saying the compensation would be given within 15 days of the panchnama.

Replying to another question on teak wood smuggling in naxal-infested Gadchiroli district on the Andhra Pradesh-Maharashtra border, Kadam said a special action plan would be prepared to check it.

"At present, 23 teams of the forest department have been formed to tackle the menace and three persons have been arrested so far," he said, adding the assistance of local police force would also be taken.

Kadam said chief secretaries of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh have held several rounds of talks on the steps to be initiated to put a check on smuggling.

Vijay Waddetiwar (Congress) and Nana Patole (BJP) complained that teak wood Rs 50 crore worth is destroyed because of the smuggling every year.

The Opposition members demanded sacking of a tehsildar in Devri taluka of Gondia district for his alleged involvement in illegal transfer of government land to private parties.


First Published: Friday, March 16, 2012, 17:23

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