In a bid to rein in the wild animal menace, the government would set up enclosed habitats for marauding monkeys — a major cause of concern for the agrarian community across the state.
Forest minister Thakur Singh Bharmauri in reply to a question of Kullu legislator Maheshwar Singh said that the government was working on checking man-animal conflict. He said the forest department has already conducted a survey to assess the population of monkeys.
The government would declare monkeys as vermin after assessing the survey. He said that the enclosed habitants for the monkeys would be set up in nine different locations where sterilisation centres were already functional.
Former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in a supplementary wanted to know whether the government made any correspondence with the Central government about declaring the monkeys as vermin. Dhumal demanded the forest minister to table the copy of the correspondence in the House.
Dhumal said in his assembly segment the monkeys had made it difficult for children to go to schools while the women folks are hesitant to work in the fields. He urged the forest department to at least declare the monkeys as vermin in Shimla and Hamirpur towns where the menace was alarming.
Nurpur legislator Ajay Mahajan asked the government to disburse relief to those injured by stray bulls. Dehra legislator Ravinder Singh Ravi sought relief for a family in Una that lost a member after being attacked by a stray bull.
Replying to a question posed by Bhatiyat legislator Vikram Singh Jaryal, revenue minister Kaul Singh Thakur said the directions had been passed on to deputy commissioners to provide land for schools. While raising the issue, Jaryal apprised the minister that as many as 500 primary schools in Chamba district were without land. He cited an example of a primary school in Godra where the children were forced to study in the open due to lack of land.
He said the public representatives also find it difficult to provide funds for welfare of the schools since they did not have land of their own.
In answer to a question of Sarkaghat legislator Inder Singh, irrigation and public health minister Vidya Stokes said the Centre was not providing funds to channelise the rivers. Stokes said central water commission (CWC) was yet to give technical approval. Stokes also said that the department had prepared a detailed project report of `62 crore to prevent fields from flooding river near Chandruhi bridge. This DPR was sent to CWC but they raised some objections.
‘No budget to restore damages due to rain’
Health and Family welfare minister Kaul Singh Thakur said no specific budget for restoration of damages due to rain was allocated under the Integrated Tribal Development Programme.
In reply to a question of Lahaul-Spiti legislator Ravi Thakur, he said Rs 11 crore had been allotted to tribal districts under the state disaster response fund (SDRF), National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) under the natural calamity, rain damages and restoration works in 2014-15.