A total of 6,976 hectares were lost in 925 incidents of forest fire in 2017, a massive increase over the 2015 and 2016 figures. Forest Minister R. Shankar, in his reply to a question by BJP leader K.S. Eshwarappa, said that in 2015 there were 589 incidents of forest fire that gutted 168 hectares, while in 2016 a total of 913 forest fire incidents gutted 278 hectares. Meanwhile, the compensation provided for crop loss owing to wildlife attack also saw an increase in 2017-2018. According to a written reply by the Minister, Rs. 13.7 crore has been disbursed as compensation in 27,525 cases.

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