1. Prakash Javadekar swats off Maneka’s attack: says government culls animals for a reason

Prakash Javadekar swats off Maneka’s attack: says government culls animals for a reason

Minister of State for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar on Thursday countered his Cabinet colleague Maneka Gandhi’s charges that the Environment Ministry thrived in the killing of innocent animals and asserted that such decisions were taken keeping scientific facts in mind to help those affected by such animals.

By: | Firozabad | Published: June 9, 2016 2:29 PM
Defending the Centre, Javadekar stated that taking such a decision was not the Centre’s prerogative, adding the Environment Ministry acted as per the law. (Reuters) Defending the Centre, Javadekar stated that taking such a decision was not the Centre’s prerogative, adding the Environment Ministry acted as per the law. (Reuters)

Minister of State for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar on Thursday countered his Cabinet colleague Maneka Gandhi’s charges that the Environment Ministry thrived in the killing of innocent animals and asserted that such decisions were taken keeping scientific facts in mind to help those affected by such animals.

“I will not react on who said what. But as per the law, we must help the farmers whose crops get ruined. The state government sends us a proposal and only then we initiate a step for a specific region and for a specific period of time keeping the scientific facts in mind,” he told the media here.

Defending the Centre, Javadekar stated that taking such a decision was not the Centre’s prerogative, adding the Environment Ministry acted as per the law.

Maneka Gandhi, who is the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, earlier in the day trained guns at the Environment Ministry while accusing it of frivolously granting permission to kill innocent animals.

Commenting on reports of a large number of deer being killed in Bihar’s Patna city, Gandhi told ANI that she does not understand this ‘lust’ to kill.

“The Environment Ministry here is writing to every state asking them which animal they want to kill and they will grant permission.

In Bengal, they gave permission to kill elephants. In Himachal, they gave permission to kill monkeys. In Goa, they gave permission to kill peacocks,” said Gandhi.

According to reports, the Union Government has recently declared monkeys as ‘vermin’ and cleared the decks for their large-scale extermination in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla city.

Meanwhile, a call was made in Goa to cull India’s national bird peacock citing that the bird is creating a problem for farmers and destroying their cultivation in rural areas.

Similarly, the local forest department in Maharashtra culled a whooping 300 animals in the past few months after several farmers reported huge losses due to crop raids.

  1. Nandakumar Unnikrishnan Narath
    Jun 12, 2016 at 6:24 am
    Here, we have to take holistic view . Before declaring an animal as 'vermin' in a Grama Panchayath and taking action to kill it, we have to see its status in other panchayaths, state, centre and global level and should do it so only when it is a vermin every where. If not the govt should think of various options of management along with various economic, social, ecological, cultural and ethical issues. If decisions are taken by following this approach there will not be any problem. Other wise it can upset the entire ecosystem and create disaster.
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    1. Kailash Vishnu
      Jun 9, 2016 at 3:53 pm
      Why NOT animal lover Maneka hi has ever uttered a word when millions of Goats are get murdered every year on Bukra-Id or millions of trees gets cut during Christmas celebration? WHY ?Maneka hi is fed lot of money and mislead by anti-India Foreign Funding thru NGOs over the last few decades. Its a shame she cant see the complete picture and is blinded by foreign brain-washing. Very sad, indeed !
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