The story of Swamy

 

Swamy is well-known in his village Kundkere for his eccentricities, most notably the time he decided to lock up forest guards in their office. The reason? His village is located on the edge of Bandipur National Park and over the years, the consistent crop raiding by wild elephants that frequent his banana fields resulted in him losing up to Rs. 70,000 worth of harvest. After years of filing for crop-compensation claims with the forest department that never got processed (and spending his own savings in arranging logistics for documentation), he saw no other way to bring attention to the continuous loss of his harvest.

Later, on finding out that he could ask for help through a simple helpline, Swamy dialled the toll-free number that connected him with Wild Seve. Impressed with the quick response time of the team in reaching him, and documenting and filing for losses, Swamy has now registered with Wild Seve eight times and received compensation of Rs. 48,600 for seven reported cases. Needless to say, this is much more than he ever received while filing for compensation with the forest department. He now calls every time he faces crop or property damage due to wildlife.  He says, “Even though compensation still can take a long time to arrive, I am just happy someone is listening to our problems and helping us with compensation issues.”