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Himachal Pradesh declares Monkeys as vermin

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Updated: 11:08 GMT, May 8, 2016 | Published: 09:37 GMT, May 8, 2016 |
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In a big relief to locals, the Indian government on Saturday (May 07) declared monkeys as vermin in 38 sub-districts for period of one year in northern Himachal Pradesh state.

The state has been struggling with monkey menace for a long time. Monkeys roaming around the capital city Shimla are a common sight.

The state had in the past asked the federal government to take action in view of the widespread damage caused by monkeys especially in agriculture sector.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian Virender Kashyap, who represents Shimla in Parliament, said it was important for the government to take up the mass extermination drive as the monkeys had made life difficult for farmers.

“Thirty-eight out of some 85 sub-districts in Himachal Pradesh have got permission to declare the monkeys as vermin. The reason for this is that the population of monkeys in the area has grown tremendously. The population is so high that farmers in villages are now in trouble. Farmers have stopped farming. They cannot grow any crop due to menace by monkeys during the day and Asian antelopes during the night. So it was important for the government to take this step,” Kashyap said.