Catch or kill, get upto Rs 1,000 per monkey in Himachal Pradesh

"The amount for catching monkeys (by any individual) for sterilization of monkey has also been increased from Rs. 500 to Rs. 700," said state's forest minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Updated: October 30, 2016 1:56 am
Himachal Pradesh, Himachal Monkeys, Himachal Monkey menace, Himachal monkey problem, Himachal monkey killing State’s forest minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri announced on Saturday that the incentive for killing monkeys in those areas, where they were declared as vermin, has been raised from Rs 300 to Rs 500 per simian. Express Photo By-Ganesh Shirsekar

Himachal Pradesh government on Saturday came out with in interesting decision to enhance incentives for killing monkeys, or catching them alive for sterilisation by the state’s wildlife department. Monkeys have been declared as vermin in 37 tehsils, named as hot spots in the state, as having the highest concentration of monkeys and wrecking massive damage to the crops. A fresh proposal is also pending with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for expanding the notification to declare monkey vermin in other 53 tehsils, beside Shimla town.

State’s forest minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri announced on Saturday that the incentive for killing monkeys in those areas, where they were declared as vermin, has been raised from Rs 300 to Rs 500 per simian.

“The amount for catching monkeys (by any individual) for sterilization of monkey has also been increased from Rs. 500 to Rs. 700,” he added. To further incentivise the drive, Bharmouri declared that the amount will be Rs 1,000 per monkey, if any individual manages to catch 80 per cent of monkeys in one particular herd in a particular area. It’s because, as studies have revealed, monkeys stay in the herds and are very possessive about the group to which they belong.

Bharmouri also announced to provide a special grant of Rs 1,000 to Village Forest Development or Joint Forest Management Committees of the panchayats in those tehsils, where monkeys have been declared as vermin. This funding will be given to organising workshops on monkey menace.

Farmers’ body has reacted sharply to the move terming its as “useless” and ridiculous move. “The government has already spent Rs 20 cr on sterlisation without any tangible results. Now they have chosen this gimmick to gain time and waste public money. This is no solution, rather a new tactic to hoodwink the farmers,” said Kuldeep Tanwar, President Himachal Kisan Sabha, a farmers’ body fighting on monkey issue and other farmers’ rights.

Tanwar said now when the monkeys have been declared vermin, only culling was a solution, but Bharmauri has started a new exercise or strated talks to export/transport monkeys to North East, which will never happen.

“Why didn’t the government or Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh take up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Himachal Pradesh, to appraise him losses which farmers were suffering due to monkeys. Let the government lift ban on export of monkeys for biological use in US or other countries?” he asked.

The Kisan sabha leader said the body proposes its own drive to kill monkeys in the areas where these have been declared vermin by forming teams.

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    Geeta Kumai
    Aug 13, 2017 at 6:59 am
    Shameful decision . These incentives will create a greed in people for killing animals. Soon the government will surely declared the vermin to humans. Everyone should oppose such decisions.
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    Geeta Kumai
    Aug 13, 2017 at 6:53 am
    Shameful decision . By creating a greed in people for killing animals will sure declared the vermin to humans. I fully oppose such decisions.
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    Achayan
    Oct 30, 2016 at 6:55 am
    There should be a similar incentive for culling dogs in Kerala.
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    anique
    Oct 30, 2016 at 4:25 am
    ..Why are you killing them , either they are not real gods or they should not be killed at all....
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    ah
    Oct 30, 2016 at 4:47 am
    Monkey god will be very Angry ....... will hang ch addis b their ba lls ...........
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    Fulchand
    Oct 31, 2016 at 4:44 am
    I am not in favour of killing monkeys. We should find alternatives to protect ourself from monkeys or from other animals. Animals are also the inhabitants of this earth. They have every right to live freely on this planet. lt;br/gt; We can understand if an individual takes such steps to protect himself. But it is indigestible if the government takes such inhumane action.lt;br/gt; It is surprising that Forest department instead of encouraging environmental protection , promotes disrupting environmental balance.
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    Mr. Minority
    Oct 30, 2016 at 9:49 am
    Have we lost our minds? Are we listening to ourselves talking? We are talking about KILLING a section of the animal potion - not in self defense when it attacks or is out of control - but cold-blooded premeditated selection of a species to be killed. And to make it absolutely atrocious the government wants to _reward_ the killers for it? The Indian consution is based on the principles of Buddhism and the consutions states that it upholds and aims to protect the value of _all_ life. I think, this is outright unconsutional and make the society that we live in a shameful one. Instead of progress, we are going backwards!
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    Tauro
    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:47 am
    It should be able to cull and control the monkey potion. Just catching and sterilizing them and leaving them out will not solve the damage they cause. The are more dangerous than the stray dogs. Good decision by the HP government. If not controlled, they will ruin the apples crop and make HP poor.
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