The Himachal Pradesh government has come out with the decision to enhance incentives for catching monkies alive or killing them for sterilisation by state’s wildlife department. Monkeys have been declared vermin in 37 districts for having the highest number of monkeys, who are wrecking huge damage to crops. A new proposal is also pending with the government for expanding the notification to declare monkey vermin in other 53 districts , apart from state capital Shimla.
Himachal Pradesh Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri has said that the incentive for killing monkeys in those places, where monkeys have declared as vermin, has been raised from Rs 300 to Rs 500 per simian, a ‘The Indian Express’ report has said.
He added that the amount of catching monkeys for sterilization of monkey has us now Rs. 700 as compared to Rs 500 earlier. He also announced that to further motivate the drive, Bharmouri declared that if any individual manages to catch 80 per cent of monkeys in one particular herd in a particular area, then the amount to be given is Rs 1,000 per monkey.
The forest minister also announced to award a special grant of Rs 1,000 to Joint Forest Management Committees of the panchayats or Village Forest Development in those districts , where monkeys have been declared as vermin.
However, the farmers have termed it as “useless” and ridiculous move. As per Kuldeep Tanwar, president, Himachal Kisan Sabha said that the government have already spent Rs 20 cr on sterlisation without any tangible results and now they have chosen this gimmick to gain time and waste public money.