1322. SHRI NARENDRA KUMAR SWAIN:
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:
(a) whether the number of people died due to tiger and elephant attack has increased in recent years in the country;
(b) if so, the details thereof during the last three years, State-wise;
(c) the States which have approached the Central Government for additional funds for making safe zones for these animals; and
(d) the details of these States and the funds released to those States during the current year?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE(SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)
(a) & (b) As per the latest information received from the States, the number of people died due to tiger attack is showing decreasing trend. The State-wise details of last three years are at Annexure-I.
In so far as human deaths due to elephant attack is concerned, information received from States as well as that provided by the concerned division, does not show a consistent trend. The total human death due to elephant attack was 407 in 2013-14, 390 in 2014-15 and 462 in 2015-16. State-wise details of human death due to elephant attack during the last three years is at Annexure-II.
(c) & (d) No proposal has been received from any State Government for additional funds for providing safe zones for those animals. However, funding assistance is given to the tiger range States / tiger reserves under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Project Tiger, on their demand in the Annual Plan of Operation for various activities, which inter alia, include provision for ex-gratia payment, mitigation of human wildlife conflict and habitat development. Funding assistance is also given under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Project Elephant to the States for elephant conservation.
Details of funds released under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Project Tiger and Project Elephant for various activities, inter alia including the above components, released to States during current year is at Annexure-III (a) & III (b) respectively.