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Compensation for monkey bite cases: Minister

Locals to be trained for capturing monkeys

The forest department would now pay compensation to the victims of monkey bite cases. The State Environment and Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat announced this in the Assembly on the second day of the winter session on Wednesday. The Minister admitted that the farmers are at the receiving end of the monkey menace and the State Forest Department does not have financial resources required for a large scale capturing and sterilization of the simians. He said that the department is now planning to involve local people in capturing monkeys. “We would involve 13000 Van Panchayats in the process and provide training to the local youths. The cost of engaging trained people from other states is very high and it is prudent that local people are involved for catching monkeys,’’ he said. In response to a question asked by Chandan Ram Das of BJP, the Minister said that there are an estimated 2 lakh monkeys in the forests of the State. Read more posts… Thursday, 06 December 2018 | PNS | Dehradun

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