Thank our Forest Guards this World Ranger Day

by Wildlife Trust of India
Thank our Forest Guards this World Ranger Day
Thank our Forest Guards this World Ranger Day
Thank our Forest Guards this World Ranger Day
Thank our Forest Guards this World Ranger Day

Greetings from Wildlife Trust of India,

We hope you have been well.

With this email, we are sharing with you the updates for the project “Thank our Forest Guards this World Ranger Day”. Thank you so much for your generous contribution to this project and for believing in our work. We are so glad to have you as a part of our team.

Irshad, a daily wage labourer in Shopian wildlife division, Jammu & Kashmir, was grievously injured during a bear rescue operation. Irshad has been working with the wildlife division for past 10 years and has been assisting the forest staff in handling human-animal conflicts situations.  During the reporting period, Irshad was informed about an ongoing conflict scenario in ‘Imamsahib’ village involving a black bear, following which he reached the location to mitigate.

Unfortunately, the bear attacked him during the rescue operation leading to serious injuries to his head and back for which he was treated at the Srinagar Hospital. He is the sole earning member of his family which includes two young children and this incident has affected them greatly. To assist him with his medical bills, we supported him with an ex-gratia of INR 25,000/-.

This support could have been made possible through your contributions made to the appeal, for which we are highly grateful. Irshad is better now and making a speedy recovery from his injuries. He will soon join duty and get back to supporting the forest staff in mitigating human-wildlife conflict in the region.  

Warm regards,

Team WTI

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Representative picture of Forest Guards on duty
Representative picture of Forest Guards on duty

Hi Friend,

Hope you are doing great!

At the outset, we would like to express our gratitude to you for supporting the project ‘Thank our Forest Guards this World Ranger Day’. The project aims to develop a strong, well-equipped and motivated force of Frontline Forest Staff, who are guarding India’s Protected Areas. Your generous contribution will significantly help us realize the project’s aim. We are also highly thankful to you for believing in us, our work and for choosing to donate for this cause.

Here are some of the updates from the project.

During the reporting period, we provided ex-gratia support to the one of the wildlife guards, Mr. Balwant* who was injured on 20th of June by a group of encroachers, while he was participating in a drive to prevent them from cultivating paddy in the Hygam Wetland Reserve, in Kashmir. Mr. Balwant* has been working as a Wildlife Guard in the Wetlands Division in Kashmir since 2018.

He is responsible for carrying out anti-poaching raids and anti-encroachment drives as part of his duty to protect the flora and fauna of this Protected Area. He has demonstrated tremendous dedication towards his job, and has successfully prevented several poaching attempts in the past as well.

On the day of the incident, Balwant* was manhandled by the encroachers and sustained severe injuries as well as a fracture in his left arm. For treatment, he had to undergo an orthopaedic surgery in Srinagar. With your support, we could provide an ex-gratia amount of INR 10,000/- to Balwant* in this hour of need and covered his medical bills.

Patrolling the most difficult terrains on foot during harsh weather conditions, putting up with a lack of basic field equipment and field gear, and the worst of all, braving constant threats to their lives from poachers and timber mafias as well as accidental deaths or injuries on duty due to attacks by wild animals. The Frontline Forest Guards are enduring all this to protect India’s wildlife. To support these unsung heroes, WTI has pioneered a ‘Supplementary Accident Assurance Scheme’ through which we provide immediate ex-gratia support (INR 1, 00, 000/-) to the families of the deceased and lesser amount to the injured. The ex-gratia scheme is a component of a larger, umbrella project through which we also assist the government agencies in training and educating the frontline forest staff and equipping them with the basic field kits.

That’s all for today. We’ll soon follow up with more updates from the project. Till then, take care!

With regards,

Team WTI

*Name changed to maintain confidentiality

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Handing over cheques to families of Forest staff.
Handing over cheques to families of Forest staff.

Dear friend,

Hope you are doing well.

With this email, we are sharing with you the updates for the project “Thank our Forest guards this World Ranger Day”. Thank you so much for your generous contribution to this project and for believing in our work. We are so glad to have you as a part of our team.

In keeping with its long term commitment towards the welfare of frontline forest staff, WTI granted financial assistance as ex gratia support to the surviving family members of frontline forest staff who succumbed to injuries sustained while on duty.

Four of these brave men were from Kaziranga National Park, Assam.

Late Mr. Moheswar, a game watcher was injured while on patrolling duty on 30th Jan in the Eastern Range of Kaziranga National Park.

Late Mr. Sundhan died in a road accident while on duty at Deosur, NH 37 at Burapahar range, Ghorakhati on 2nd February.

Late Mr. Tipusaran, Forest Guard succumbed to rhino attack while on duty at the Pohubeel anti-poaching camp under Kaziranga range, Kohora on 17th February.

Late Mr. Jwel, working with Assam Forest Protection Force died in a road accident on 13th February while on duty at Rangalu.

The families of these brave men received an ex gratia support of INR 1 Lakh each on the 19th of March.

Ex gratia support was also given to Ms. Premlata whose son died due to an elephant attack while on patrolling duty at the Beriwada range, Rajaji National Park.

In a separate incident reported by the DFO, Panna tiger reserve, two frontline staff were grievously injured in an attack by timber mafia at North Panna Division of the tiger reserve. Mr. Chattrapal (beat guard) fractured both his legs, while Mr. Swamideen (forest worker) was badly injured after being attacked by an axe on his shoulder and legs. They were admitted to the Panna Govt hospital and are recuperating. Both of them received financial support as bank cheques handed over by WTI.

That’s all for today’s updates. We will soon get back to you and keep you posted on our work under the project. Till then, take care.

Warm regards,

Team WTI.

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Dear Patron,

Hope you have been well. 

First of all, thank you so much for your generous support towards our cause. In the reporting period, we provided ex-gratia support to the families of two frontline forest staff who unfortunately succumbed to animal attacks while on duty. 

The frontline forest staff are on a constant vigilance to protect India's forests and wildlife. Their job however is not easy. Attacks by wild animals, confrontation with poachers and accidents on duty often result in serious injuries and even death. To boost their morale and provide support to their families, Wildlife Trust of India pioneered a 'supplementary accident assurance scheme' in 2001. Through this scheme, we have been providing immediate ex-gratia (INR 1, 00, 000 or about USD 1,327) to the families of deceased or a lesser amount to the injured frontline staff. 

On 27th May, 2020, 50 year old, Mr Dhanna lost his life to a leopard attack while on duty. The heat of the summer led him and his two other colleagues to sleep outside in the open. This was when Mr. Dhanna was attacked by the leopard. He was serving as a watchman for the last 25 years in the Matkuli range of the Satpura Tiger Reserve. He is survived by his wife and three children who were his dependents. WTI provided supplementary accident insurance of INR 1, 00, 000/- to the family as a support during this difficult time. Mr Dhanna was an excellent ranger and was brilliant at identifying tiger pug marks. He will be missed by his team for his profound knowledge, experience and team spirit.  

In another incident, Mr. Bindeshwar, who was serving as a Range Officer in Panna Tiger Reserve, passed away on 14th August, 2020, after being attacked by an elephant. At the time of the attack, Mr. Bindeshwar was taking part in an operation to locate a tigress, whose collar had to be inspected. Mr Bindeshwar was trying to hand over a wireless handset to one of the staff who was sitting on top of a kumki elephant. The elephant however suddenly attacked Mr Bindeshwar. Despite all efforts to save him, he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. Mr. Bindeshwar is survived by his wife and a 22 year old son. WTI provided ex-gratia support of INR 1, 00, 000/- to his wife. Mr. Bindeshwar was a diligent officer working on Tiger reintroduction in Panna Tiger Reserve for the past eight years, and took part in tiger monitoring, tranquilising and rescue operations.

That's all for today's updates. Thank you once again for your support. We will keep sharing similar updates with you. Till then stay safe and take care.

Warm regards,

Team WTI    

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Location: Noida, Uttar Pradesh - India
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