Elephant menace in Ganjam
The elephants trudge into the villages under the two forest ranges in search of food. The elephants have completely destroyed rabi crops like paddy and vegetables leaving the farmers to fend for themselves. Farmers complain that the forest department neither takes steps to drive away the pachyderms nor pay compensations for crop losses. The range officer of Jagannath Prasad range, Bijaya Kumar Pattanaik however said that no villager has ever lodged complaints and hence he is not aware about elephant menace. The residents and the farmers hence have to fight the menace on their own.