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UP moots exclusive village for snake charmers

Funds for the village would be provided under the integrated development scheme of the state government and land would be made available by UP Expressway and Industrial Development Authority on priority basis.

lucknow Updated: Nov 24, 2016 23:28 IST
HT Correspondent
The state government has planned to develop an exclusive village for snake charmers.
The state government has planned to develop an exclusive village for snake charmers.(HT File Photo)

The state government would now develop an exclusive village for snake charmers. The village would come up in Saurikh block of Kannauj district, the parliamentary constituency of Dimple Yadav, wife of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.

While snake charmers mostly lead a nomadic life, the iconic folk art of snake charming, which once used to be a fixture in rural festivals and markets, is fading away, thanks to animal rights activists, who say the art promotes cruelty against reptiles.

The Uttar Pradesh government now plans to develop a village solely for snake charmers, where they would be free to perform and practice this traditional art. “Funds for the village would be provided under the integrated development scheme of the state government and land would be made available by UP Expressway and Industrial Development Authority on priority basis,” said chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, who held a meeting with senior officials here on Wednesday to give shape to the project.

Bhatnagar has appointed UP Tourism department the nodal agency for the project, which would coordinate with the culture and urban development department for drafting a master plan for the village. Kannuaj district magistrate has also been directed by the chief secretary to supervise the project and coordinate with various departments to take help of their existing schemes for undertaking internal and external development work and providing basic civic amenities for the proposed village.

Special Tiger Protection Force

Chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar has issued instructions that gazette officers of UP should be posted in the Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) of the state forest department for effective patrolling.

Bhatnagar said these officers along with other employees should be sent on deputation to the forest department and assist the forest staff in patrolling duties in tiger reserves at Dudhwa National Park and Katarnia Ghat. Officials have been asked to provide one deputy commandant, three sub-inspectors, 18 head constables, 90 constables and 112 other employees on priority to the force. The home department was asked to complete necessary formalities for creation of 112 new posts against the employees required for STPF duties.