Menka Gandhi initiate action against killing of simians in Himachal

Killing campaign of simians launched by the State Forest Department of Himachal Pradesh in collaboration with Kheti Bachaou Sangharsh Samiti [KBSS] in the Renuka area of Sirmour district has evoked sharp reactions from the environmentalists and religious people from the different parts of state and country as well. People started coming openly to oppose the campaign after the whole campaign was exposed by the Himachal Plus last week.

As per the fresh details, killing campaign which was initiated in the Renuka area on the 14th of July was still going on and as per the sources of KBSS nearly 100 monkeys had been shot dead by the shooters during past two weeks. KBSS workers, mostly comrades affiliated with communist thinking organizations were visiting every Panchyat and persuading Panchyati Raj representatives to pass a resolution for allowing killing of simians in their respective Panchyats, many such meetings had been organized in the different parts of the district recently.

In this connection, former Union Minister, Member of Parliament and leading environmentalists Ms Menka Gandhi has acted quickly.  After going through the reports published in media she strongly condemned the campaign and initiated immediate action action by sending her representative to gather information from the field and persuade the residents of Renuka area to oppose this campaign.

As representative of Ms Menka Gandhi, senior office bearer of Citizens for welfare and Protection of Wild life, Ms Sonia Ghosh last evening reached at Nohra Dhar and met with hundreds of residents of the area. Today also she remained busy meeting Panchyati Raj representatives, local NGO leaders and social workers of the area. Ms Ghosh was persuading residents of the area to built pressure on the state government to find out permanent solution of simians problem by opening a century for monkeys in the state.

Ms Ghosh tried to persuade hundreds of farmers of different Panchyats to strongly oppose the killing campaign as she said the barbaric killings of simians and firing in the forests was not legal action under rule, the action was against law of nature and would pose a threat to the environment with several problems to the residents of the area in near future. She made it clear that permission accorded by the state government to kill monkeys was not correct and becomes serious when ammunition for killing campaign was being provided by the forest department itself which was the custodian of the wild life. She hinted that this matter would be raised on the international level.

However several eminent persons of Nohra Dhar area including Surender Chauhan, Ramesh Verma, Bhagat Ram Verma, Satya Pal, Klaushalya, Shankutla, Vijay Chauhan and Sunder Singh expressed plight of farmers before Ms Ghosh and said that monkey menace was to be solved at any cost and permanently as simians population had increased many folds in the state and were damaging their crops to the extent of 70 percent in many areas and had poised serious threat to the agriculture.

Several NGOs working for the protection of wild life, environment protection and religious organizations including Nature Watch India has termed grant of permission to kill simians by the hunters as violation of the provisions of Wild Life Protection Act 1972 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and has threatened for a legal remedy if the killing was not stopped.

Mr. J. S. Jamwal, Project coordinator, Himalayan Region Snow Leopard conservancy USA, who is also a retired I.F.S. officer, in a letter written to Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh has suggested five remedies to get rid of monkey menace including creating a Monkey Century, lifting ban on their export, planting fruit trees in the forests, grant of daily wage to the farmers spending time in protecting their crops and grant of compensation for the crops damaged by the monkeys. He surprised that even after submission several memorandums right up to Mr. Man Mohan Singh, Prime Minister of India no project was planned to solve the monkey menace by the state of Union government.

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  1. says: pradeep kumar singh

    Respected Mam ( namaskar)
    main aap ke sangathan se joorna chata hoon. MAIN RELIANCE me job kar raha hoon, salary accha hai , phir vi khush nahi hoon , mera hamesa se yehi caaht raha hai ki main es desh me rah rahe perh (tree) ,animals aur mousam ke liye kuch karoon, magar kuch vi nahi kar paya hoon , karna vi chaha hoon koi sahi rasta nahi mil paya tha.

    with regards

  2. says: Paavni Shukla

    Respected madam!

    I am a resident of Bhopal.3 months before,a bitch in my colony gave birth to 6 puppies.I gave milk and chapati to all.Unfortunately 3 died because of the vehicular traffic.One became lame because of that,but we gave him medicines and put ointment on his wound and nearly 1 month before he became totally alright.6 days ago another puppy(male) got food poisoning as he ate some unwanted material and didn’t eat anything for 3 days.I took him to doctor and he gave 3 injections and medicines to him(worth Rs 250) and now he is fine.Now, third puppy ate any unwanted material and is not eating anything since 3 days.I want to tell u that he was the most healthy puppy and now has become the most lean and thin of all.Now I can’t take him to vet as i can’t afford it.Please help me financially.Where are ur community’s branch in bhopal.I don’t know what they eat except the food I give a they don’t live in my house every time,but i think that he has eaten crow(dead crow).Please help me.I am waiting for ur help.

  3. says: SHALINI

    respected mam,
    i have a pet whose breed is german shepherd. He is 7.5 years old.He is suffering from some abnormalities since 1.5 years . Doctor has speculated that he is having cancer, without any proper test but i have full faith that it is not so but problem is that i don’t know the correct doctor to contact. I am from Ghaziabad so please provide me name and contact no. or address of a doctor who is specialist in handling such cases.

  4. says: pankaj sahu

    respected ma’am

    this is to bring to your kind notice that i want to give the presentation regarding my invention in the field of herbal medicine. actually our team has invented a medicine for curing rabies. so please tell me the procedure how can i give my presentation .
    thanking u.

    pankaj sahu
    b. tech final year
    i.e.t. lucknow
    cell no. 9889804079

  5. respected madam,
    i am 22 years old & works in a private company. on the day 18^th January i visited ISKON temple in lajpat nagar new delhi. there i saw a priest was initiating an awareness program against the merciless killing of cows. although the message he wants to convey was pretty good but the way he is doing that was really un-ethical. he was showing the video film of a slaughter house. the video was very cruelly created and nobody has the rights to show such types of video.
    a little explanation i would give you – cows are dragged by ingots. they are forcefully roped down they are being butched by the butcher. there blood was collected in separate vessel….do you feel that temple was the right place to show this..?
    all i want to say is that the seen was very bloody. the priest was showing this for our awareness. there are other options to impart awareness . there is an option to show things like caring & loving of cows, there usefulness in our life.

    we quarreled there for an hour and the people who gathered like mute masses were really looking like dummies. i cant understand have we lost humanity, are we insane.
    if you can do something please i am waiting for your response

  6. says: ruby alvares

    Respected mam,

    Myself ruby i stay in indore (M.P). mam i m having a dog named adam… mam in my colony there are few people who are behind my dog they are using there power n position n sending municipality people to catch my dog thou i m having mah dog’s registration from municipaliy then too he didn’t bited any human being but then too… mam i love my dog very much plz help me out wen he was of 15 days i got him now dat lady Devender Madhu Kaur wrking in AIR using her contacts in wrong way…. Mam
    plz help me out plz……

  7. says: jitendra pratap singh

    Respected mam,
    mrea nam jitendra hai mai ek n g o chalata hu . main besahara animals ke liye kuchh karna chata hu .is ke liye mujhe kya karna chahiye. ple mera margdarshan kare.

  8. says: Rajkumar.R

    Respected Mam,

    My name is Raj. I live in Tamilnadu-Madurai-KoodalNagar. Last 3 dayes one Colf had a Injuring in Rode side. No One Can Help. Becoze In Madurai Have No BLUECROSE. So No one can Help. Please Arrange any Thing to that Colf Soon Plz Plz

  9. says: Rakhi

    Dear Mam
    mere pass 2 dogies hain mere neighbour hamesha mere dogies ko marte hain even hamri complain police station mein register karate hain that mere dogi ne unhe bite kiya mujhe suggest kijiye ki mein kya karun woh lady already mere 3 dogies ko maar chuki hain

  10. says: Inder Chawla

    Respected Madam,
    My name is Inder Chawla, i live at rau in Indore,M.P…
    i m a student of n i really want 2 b an active member for animal welfare.
    i have a really deep pain in ma heart for the continuosly decreasing population of tigers..they r badly hunted for their skin.the poachers, i hate them.mam do let me know the right way to get actively involved wid project tiger.i may bear all the risks involved…

    Inder Chawla
    245/15, sai vihar colony,
    a.b. road , rau.
    indore, M.P.

    +91- 9754874678

  11. says: Ms. Mozel Solomon

    Respected Madam,
    I am from Pune. Just opposite to mu society an owner has bought a small pet dog. I really feel bad for it as everyday i see ill treatment given to the little puppy, He is always tied up from early morning to late night outside their door. They wont even consider if its raining or the puppy is starving. I had called up 100 for some help, but its sad to say our police dept. is good for nothing. Could you please let me know how should i go about this matter. I just cant see the little one struggling to breath and live.

    Thanking you,

    Mozel Solomon (Pune)

  12. says: himachali

    Kill them all or sent them to the Menka Gandhi house. Its easy to talk about the problem that the people in himachal are facing due to them by those siting in distance places. Just come for once and stay for a week in any of the himachal village which are facing these problems, only then tell.
    BTW None of the above comments regarding the problem for which this article is written.

  13. says: priyanka shekhawat

    respected mam,
    m priyanka living in jodhpur.. some days ago i went to jaipur n since thn i m bit disturbed,the reason being the poor condition of elephants used for the safari at the amer mahal.These elephants are not being treated properly…they r used for safari in very hot whether n they r forced to have so many rounds of safari at such a high altitude….sometime these elephants are torcherd so badly tht they got their frustration level so high tht they kill the human beings n at last they thmselves got shooted….some days ago there was such case n one elephant was killed badly….mam pls do something to stop this humiliation..

  14. says: Prasanta Sinha

    Respected mam, i m Prasanta Sinha from Guwahati i m in service as a wireless opr. in ASSAM POLICE RADIO ORG. Once in 2002 i saved 3 kittens risking my life from Deepar beel. n for that i got little late to attend my office. 4 d reason i had to beg 4 appology. That was one of many actions i had executed in my life. Till date i saved a good no of animals,birds, rare fishes n especially snakes from human attack by catching them and releasing them in their natural habitats. Mam i want ur suggestion how can i carry on my such animal rescuing activities along with my job? Thanking u.

  15. says: Bikram

    Respected Mam,
    I want to know about all the realities about the vaccination that is given to our children. Is it harmfull ? Because i have a child of 6 years old. I dont want to give him a wrong med or without any reason. I m very confused abt it. I have no email address of urself so i discuss this matter in thi site.. Plz reply.

    Sangrur, punjab.

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