(IN): The Final Draft Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill 2010
Draft Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill 2010
New Delhi, 8th July, 2010
The final draft of the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill 2010 has been
prepared, taking into consideration the numerous suggestions received from
various stake holders. This draft is now proposed to be put before the
National Board of Wildlife for their consideration once it is reconstituted.
Statement of Objects & Reasons:
Read Draft Bill:
*IN THE NEWS:*
Law on animal electrocution
*Guwahati, July 11:* The ministry of environment and forests has proposed to
make electrocution of animals a punishable offence � a development which
could have serious ramifications for pockets in Assam that are notorious for
The Draft Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2010, put forward by the
ministry says the word �electrocuting� has been inserted into Section 2(16)b
after the word �trapping�.
This section of the Wildlife Protection Act (1972) provides the definition
of �hunting� but electrocution is not included in it.
�By including the term �electrocuting� in the definition of hunting, the
amendment act seeks to explicitly make the act of electrocuting an animal a
punishable offence,� the draft bill says.
�It is a welcome decision. But the act needs more clarity on whether they
can hold the state electricity boards responsible, as the power lines are
the main reason for deaths of animals because of electrocution,� a senior
state forest department official said.
Lauding the decision, Kushal Sharma, an elephant expert, said there would
always be some sort of circumstantial evidence in electrocution deaths.
For instance, one can trace the owner of the transmission line which causes
the death of an elephant.
The draft bill also suggests stringent penalties � imprisonment for a term
less than five years but may also extend to seven years and a fine which
shall not be less than Rs 25 lakh.
Though cases of elephant electrocution have been reported in Assam , there
has no punishment as of yet.
The North Bank Landscape Programme of WWF India, which has been monitoring
cases of electrocution of elephants in Sonitpur and Udalguri since
2003-2010, listed 28 deaths.
The Assam government has also now set up joint co-ordination committees in
every district for monitoring maintenance of transmission lines to prevent
Each committee � comprising the district deputy commissioner, executive
engineer of the Assam State Electricity Board, a representative of a local
NGO and the divisional forest officer either from the wildlife or
territorial division � will also ascertain whether the guidelines issued by
the ministry of environment and forests and the Central Electricity
Authority have been followed.