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Telangana: Minister Konda Surekha took charge and signed the first file to increase ex-gratia to families of victims of human-animal conflicts

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Ms. Konda Surekha on Sunday took formal charge of as Minister of Environment and Forests & Endowments. She took charge in her chambers in the BR Ambedkar Telangana State Secretariat at 8.45 a.m., in the presence of her family, senior officials of the department.

Soon after taking charge, the Minister signed her first file for increasing ex-gratia to families whose members fall victims to human animal conflicts, increasing the compensation amount for loss of human life from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. Details, instructions and rules relating to this are to be issued soon. She also signed a file pertaining to bringing elephants for various festivals and events from other states into Telangana.

She expressed happiness on being appointed as the Minister for Forests and Environment, and said she will provide 100% support in all development activities of the Forest Department. The BC Welfare and Transport Minister Ponnam Prabhakar, several MLAs, various leaders from the Minister’s constituency, members of her family, Addl. Chief Secretary, EFS&T, PCCF (HoFF) Mr. R.M. Dobriyal, Mr. Elusing Meru, PCCF, Dr. Suvarna,IFS., PCCF, Dr. G. Chandra Shekar Reddy, IFS, Director / PCCF, TSFDC, Mr. M.C. Pargaien, IFS, PCCF, Smt. Sunita M. Bhagwat, IFS., Addl. PCCF  with all other Circle Heads & DFOs attended the programme.

Releasing posters on environmental pollution, the Minister called on officials to create effective plans to control pollution, and protect forests and wildlife. She later held a meeting with Forest Department officials and issued guidelines to the officers for improving greenery in Telangana State and to work with the people on the lines of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Telangana’s directions as “Praja Sevaks”.

 Further, the PCCF (HoFF) Sri R.M. Dobriyal, IFS of Telangana State explained that all the developmental activities are being taken up and proposed for the future to improve Forests & Wildlife in collaboration with all other departments and Private Organizations.

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