India pays villages to leave tiger reserves, as locals claim that animals are killed and sold by police
Some villages in Nepal have been ordered to pay farmers living on tiger reserves Rs 6,000 each, as residents allege that tigers are killed and sold by local police.
Many people allege that the animals are hunted to ensure a lucrative market.
Vimak Vatsa, a 30-year-old farmer from the Kathmandu village of Palak Paharganj, told the Financial Times that he and about 30 others had been asked to pay the sum to the village elders in a letter dated January 25.
However, villagers allege that police used the payments to buy an eight-year-old tiger to kill. He is now recovering from serious injuries he sustained in the attack.
In other parts of the country, authorities in some areas of southern Nepal were recently paid thousands of dollars to leave their reserves in order to lure villagers to sign up to voluntary separation agreements, according to the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation.
The move comes on the heels of a similar campaign last year which took place in the neighbouring Indian state of Bihar.
Residents of Bhatkhati in southern Bihar are being told that they have to relinquish their homes and leave their lands as part of a voluntary separation contract
Residents of Palak Paharganj said they were told to sign up to 시흥출장마사지 시흥출장안마a voluntary separation agreement in order to avoid being killed
The voluntary separation program in the northern state of Uttarakhand, meanwhile, has already seen some villagers p슬롯 머신ay the community chiefs and farmers Rs 2,000 to leave their land as part of the scheme, reported Business Insider.
In the last two years, it has seen thousands of locals give up their land for the benefit of the voluntary program.
As the New Delhi-based news site Quartz notes, this can be quite difficult for those that are still living on their ancestral land after being forced out of it by the government, as the terms of this voluntary separation include giving up ac골목cess to the land.
The farmers who agreed to the voluntary separation arrangement in Palak Paharganj said that they would not go willingly under any circumstances, claiming that this was due to them not being able to negotiate with village officials to move to the new reserves, reported Quartz.
In February, the villagers in Bhatkhati village of the western state of Uttarakhand made sure that they didn't miss any more chances to collect the $100