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Forest/wildlife conservation for the benefit of society, says minister

Forest and Wildlife Minister AK Saseendran has said that people should understand that conservation of environment and wildlife is ultimately for the betterment of human beings.

He was speaking after taking salute at the passing out parade of 234 beat forest officers who completed their training at the Kerala Police Academy here on Tuesday. “It is the duty of every forest officer to provide a people-friendly image for the department,” he said.

A total of 234 beat officers including 62 women officers participated in the parade. He reached the final round of training at Thrissur Police Academy after completing his training at the Forest Training Institutes at Arippa and Valayar. The Minister distributed prizes to those who performed well during the training.

In another function held at Poongode forest station, the minister distributed the permanent posting orders of jobs to the dependents of forest inspectors killed in the forest fire in Kottambatore.

Efforts were on to start more forest stations in the state. He said that suggestions for starting 22 forest stations have been submitted to the Finance Department.

Farmers are facing huge losses due to attack by wild animals. The existing compensation structure is inadequate. Efforts are being made to revise the compensation guidelines, he said.

Devaswom Minister K Radhakrishnan said there should be a system to ensure the lives of those who oppose the forest and wildlife. He said that the victims of attack by wild animals should also be given compensation without any delay. The Forest Minister handed over the appointment orders for the dependents of the Kottambatore forest fire victims.

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