After a monkey sneaked into Delhi Assembly premises and created a ruckus there, the security apparatus in place for MLAs was put under scanner making speaker Ram Niwas Goel shoot off a letter to the municipal corporation asking them to keep the monkey menace at the premises in check to allow MLAs to work without the fear of being bitten. However, as things stand today, there is no change in the situation. And why is that? Well, monkey-catchers are almost impossible to find! As per the report by the Indian Express, officials said that as monkey catching ‘isn’t really a profession’, it is almost impossible to find a permanent employee who is willing to catch monkeys throughout the year.
Explaining the issue, spokesperson of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), Yogender Mann was quoted by The Indian Express as saying, “A monkey catcher isn’t really a profession. At best, we get some migrant labourers who are willing to do this task. But the minute they get work elsewhere, they leave.” Meanwhile, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said that very few people showed interest when the corporation proposed jobs on a payroll basis for the monkey catchers with a fixed monthly salary of Rs 15,000. A SDMC source was quoted as saying that ideally the forest department should take over the issue since it is their area of expertise.
However, the forest department officials while explaining the root cause of the problem said that the rapid urbanisation in the national capital which came at the cost of deforestation has in turn brought the monkeys and humans closer.