Communist Party of India (Marxists) has held the state forest department responsible for not implementing the monkey cull for the overgrown simian population in the state capital, which even the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF), a month ago, had declared and notified as a vermin.
Dr. Kuldip Tanwar, secretariat member of CPM and a former Indian Forest Officer who took voluntary retirement said, “the forest department till date has done nothing even though monkeys have been notified as a vermin animal for Shimla city more than a month ago. At this pace we expect nothing to happen.
He added that the issue of declaring the wild boar and the blue bull as vermin was also pending before the department.
Dr Tanwar said that in the absence of any initiative from the forest department, about 2301 gram panchayats were being adversely affected and much farm lands and produce was being wasted.
He said that the MoEF had declared monkeys as a vermin species in support of the protests lodged by ‘Kheti Bachao Samiti’, an outfit that was spearheaded by Himachal Kisan Sabha.